Man searches for missing drone in Fayette County - KMSP-TV

Man searches for missing drone in Fayette County

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -

A reward has been offered to help a Fayette County man find his missing drone that he used to videotape construction at a church. It happened to Newnan resident John Stevenson who is a member of All Saints Anglican Church near Georgia Highway 54 in west Fayette County.

Recreational drones have gained in popularity. And people like Stevenson get amazing aerial video using high definition cameras. Stevenson has used his Blade 350 QX with a Go Pro camera attached to shoot aerial video of the church under construction. He's posted the video to the church's Facebook page so the very excited congregation can follow the construction.

And why not use a drone to do the Lord's work? Construction sites can be hazardous places. And John's aerial view was great and safe alternative.

On March 11, John was flying his quadcopter around the church property when it started acting funny.  Stevenson says the aircraft drifted sideways and simply flew away, never to be seen again. Stevenson has, of course, searched for it. He told FOX 5's Doug Evans it had enough battery power to fly for miles before crashing.

The Federal Aviation Administration allows hobbyists like Stevenson to fly drones for recreational purposes. No one, however, can fly a drone in the U.S. for commercial reasons nor can anyone profit from the use of the drone. Those restrictions could change later this year.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the drone can contact Stevenson at 770-400-9124.

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