A man has been charged with flying a ‘small unmanned surveillance aircraft’ without obtaining permission from the Civil Aviation Authority.
The charge faced by Richard Murphy (49), of Coleraine Road in Portrush, relates to May 19 last year.
It is believed to be the first charge of its kind to come before Coleraine Magistrates Court.
The case was on the court list today and adjourned to February.
The full charge reads: ‘Defendant on the 19th day of May 2018, were in charge of a small unmanned surveillance aircraft which you flew in circumstances prohibited by article 167 of the Air Navigation Order 2009, without obtaining permission from the CAA, contrary to Article 241(1) and (6) of the Air Navigation order 2009.’
CAA is the Civil Aviation Authority.