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17:05  17 may  2019
17:05  17 may  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Federal prosecutors have charged a drone pilot with violating airspace regulations in connection with anti-media flyers that were dropped over two Northern California sports stadiums in 2017. Tracy Michael Mapes, 57, of North Highlands, in Sacramento County, was charged Tuesday with violating

A Sacramento County man has been charged in federal court in San Jose with violating national defense airspace by flying a drone that dropped anti-media leaflets over National He is alleged to have flown his drone over a San Francisco 49ers-Seattle Seahawks game in Santa Clara on Nov.

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A Northern California man has been charged with violating airspace restrictions by flying a drone over a pair of NFL games in 2017.

According to Alex Johnson and Andrew Blankstein of NBC News, Tracy Michael Mapes of North Highlands, Calif. was officially charged on Tuesday after he flew a drone over Bay Area games in November 2017 to drop anti-media flyers.

The two games he created an incursion over were between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium and the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders at the Oakland Coliseum.

The temporary flight restrictions prohibit all aircraft from operating within three nautical miles of any stadium seating at least 30,000. The restrictions are in effect from one hour before to one hour after the end of the event.

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A drone pilot faces federal charges of violating national airspace after anti-media flyers were dropped over 2 sports stadiums during NFL games in 2017, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California said Wednesday.

A Sacramento County man has been charged in federal court in San Jose with violating national defense airspace by flying a drone that dropped anti-media leaflets over National He is alleged to have flown his drone over a San Francisco 49ers-Seattle Seahawks game in Santa Clara on Nov.

Authorities tracked the drone flight back to Mapes, who was piloting the craft via an iPad and had recorded images over the games saved on its hard drive.

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Man accused of flying drone at California NFL games charged.
A man accused of using a drone to drop anti-media leaflets on crowds at two NFL games in the San Francisco Bay Area was charged with violating national defense airspace regulations, federal authorities said Wednesday. Tracy Michael Mapes, 56, of North Highlands was charged May 14, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General said in a statement. He could face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted. Authorities have said Mapes sent his drone over Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara during a Nov. 26, 2017, game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

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