Yellowknife RCMP want the public to be aware of the consequences of unsafe flying of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). This comes after a citizen has been prosecuted with that charge, something RCMP believes may be the first of that charge.
In September 2017, RCMP received several complaints of an RPAS flying in the vicinity of 54th Street and surrounding areas in flight areas of incoming aircraft to Yellowknife Airport. Police began investigating and on September 18th, 2017, RCMP took possession of the RPAS for safety concerns.
Toufic Chamas was charged with one count of dangerous operation of an aircraft. Chamas plead guilty in Territorial Court in Yellowknife on September 18th, 2018. On October 25th he was fined $3,000 and was prohibited from flying an aircraft for three years.
Chamas has had more recent trouble when he was found with a stolen firearm during a traffic stop on October 19th, 2018. Chamas remains in custody.