Ok this is probably the worst example of camera drone piloting I have ever seen. A lunatic from Turkey called Aspet Manukyan decided it was a good idea to fly his Phantom over Istanbul Atatürk Airport, the fifth busiest in Europe serving more than 50 million passengers a year.

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Before you misunderstand, I am not promoting this as a cool video but as the worst example for anyone honestly liking our hobby. These are the kinds of people jeopardizing the legality and public acceptance of our hobby. Not acknowledging that these things happen would be foolish, the best is to try to do something to educate new users.

It seems like he had no idea how utterly stupid is the thing he was doing. He even took the time to edit the video and add cheerful music.

Maybe he should have been thinking more about follow me drones to take a constant selfie stream of his life….lol rather than flying over an airport!!

I’ve decided to find out who this guy is. He is a photographer from Istanbul and he also does “Aerial Photo and Video” according to his website.

Here is what he looks like:


Aspet Mankyan who flew his drone over Istanbul airport. Source: aspetmankyan.com

Now this kind of reckless, idiotic behavior is what is really putting our hobby into jeopardy. I suggest we all send him a kind and friendly email to info@aspetmanukyan.com explaining why what he did was not a good idea. I can imagine stronger words too. I’m sure he probably doesn’t take care of his lipo batteries like we explain how to do with lipo battery care either, which will end up dangerous for him.

I also suspect (and hope) that local authorities will have a word with him. He probably should have spent some time training in a drone flight simulator, like the kind we review here.

Complete Retard Flies Drone Over Istanbul Airport

A lunatic from Turkey called Aspet Manukyan decided it was a good idea to fly a drone over Istanbul Atatürk Airport, the fifth busiest in Europe serving more than 50 million passengers a year.

There are 16 comments:

  • Eric at 7:58 pm

    Looks like enough people have passed him the message that he’s an idiot.

    His web site is down..

    What a moron.

  • FlashOne at 1:26 am

    Yes, people like this are the ones that give bad reputation to our hobby. Thanks for sharing¡

  • Andy Lee Robinson at 6:15 am

    Mindbogglingly reckless stupidity. WTF was he thinking?
    And then even flying over the highway with a depeted battery…
    10 year’s jail time would send a strong message to other submorons that this behaviour is totally unacceptable.

  • Tamás L. Páll at 9:30 pm

    If we go wide on this we risk drawing attention and be grounded for the rest of our days, if we keep low we risk having another idiot try something similar.
    So what should it be?

    • Bob at 11:13 pm

      Stay the hell out of Class B, C, airspace. Especially flying drones within 1 to 2 miles of any major airport. Should come with a sentence like pointing a laser pointer at an aircraft.

  • EAM at 2:14 am

    I noticed he taped over the a/c lights. He probably did this to prevent people from seeing his phantom flying over the airport.

  • Roman Velin at 2:18 am

    I assume, this is a fake one and mentioned to go viral.
    1st: LEDs were taped – so one should have known, that this is an illegal action
    2nd: having it´s logo within video? although pilot obviously knows it was illegal action?

  • jd at 10:13 pm

    what a dumb a##. They should charge him with attempt of murder for every passenger on every plane that flew past him will in the restricted air space. You can see the planes light in a distance coming in for a landing but he was too busy looking down.

  • omakiller at 12:13 am

    So stupit Photografer…..he makes the copterhobby down….asshole

  • yavuz at 2:23 am

    According his name, He is Armenian he is not a TURKISH. it is suspicious to me.. ))

  • Viktor at 8:41 pm

    Looks like the crazy guy who flew a DJI Phantom over the Istanbul Ataturk International Airport is being prosecuted. The prosecutor is asking for 6 years jail time…

  • Monil at 7:39 am

    hey guys do any do aerial photography in Istanbul as we have some shoot coming up you guys can contact me on monil@flyby.co.in

    • Zsolt Vaszary at 1:35 pm

      Hi Monil. Did send a quick not to you. Hope it did not end up in trash as it included a dropbox link. Please hit me up through our contact page or zsolt (at) dronethusiast.com if you did not receive it.

      Thanks for reaching out.

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