Fine Against Rieu For Improper Use of Drone
Limburger, 20 May 2017 by Laurens Schellen. After almost a year of waiting for a 'decision', André Rieu's much discussed and highly technical drone has been returned. The precious unmanned airplane, weighing just a few pounds, equipped with state-of-the-art film and sound equipment was seized last summer by the police after a series of performances by Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss orchestra on the Vrijthof in Maastricht.
Flying a drone above an inner city in the Netherlands is prohibited. In addition, Maastricht is located underneath the arrival route of the airport in Beek. (Just north of Maastricht) After the seizure of the drone, it was stored in a secured depot of the National Police at Schiphol. After a lengthy investigation by the police and the aviation oversight department, the dossier was transferred to the national prosecutor for aviation affairs in Haarlem.
Vice president and son Pierre Rieu confirmed that the fine has been paid. He also does not want to release the amount of the fine. "But the drone is back in our possession." Rieu junior emphasizes that the drone was not flown above the people on the Vrijthof. There was in his eyes, absolutely no risk for a risky situation. Nevertheless, he says he 'understands' the actions by the police. Rieu: "We have now learned our lesson very well."
Recently Rieu also received another fine. According to the inspector for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, minor aged musicians had to perform too long during the Rieu concerts on the Vrijthof in 2015.
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