State Law Continues to Confound Regarding New Tech Applications Charges against a 62-year old Michigan drone pilot have been dropped, after his lawyer tendered a copy of his Pilot certificate to the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office. The story gained some local notoriety after news broke that the pilot, Donald Muckel, had been arrested for flying a drone over an electrical substation. Reports indicated he had done nothing eye-raising during his flight aside from operating in the vicinity of the equipment. The activity was called into the police by some onlooker, who provided video evidence to officers supposedly showing the incident. Things got more interesting in the case’s end, however, when the state dropped the charges altogether.