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A fun hobby, or invasion of privacy. Drone pilots in Cayman have, on occasion, come to the attention of the R-C-I-P-S. They say nothing beats the thrill of flying a drone and they want to make sure they stick, to the letter of the law.

drpCayman 27’s Philipp Richter has more.

“Wow she makes a good turn.”

Small in size, but Cayman’s drone club says this hobby is really taking off.

Nicholas Bodden said  “Once people experience what we experience, then there is no turning back from it, it’s kind of addictive to tell you the truth. ”

An addictive hobby maybe, but one that’s drawn some unwanted attention from the police after complaints were made about noise nuisance and even an invasion of privacy.

Mr. Bodden said his machine,  Is not built to take nosey photographs.

“We rely on an analog video signal, it’s kind of like a modified baby monitor, and you can make out trees and figures and some colors but the picture is not that defined so you can’t make out someone’s face from about 40ft away. ” Said Mr. Bodden

Now to keep on side with everyone, the club is looking for a new home, but one that’s not too close, to the airport.

“We had specil permission from civil aviation, but because of the new extension, to three miles, it kinda made it seem we were too close for comfort. ” Said Mr. Bodden

With top speed of around 70 miles per hour, dodging around trees and other obstacles, drone flying really gets the blood pumping.
And for this club, the sky’s the limit, Philipp Richter… Cayman 27.

Since 20-14,  five complaints have been made to police about noise issues, and this year, one complaint of an invasion of privacy.


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Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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