Completely agree. Within the hobbyist community there is typically a very well regulated operated environment. It's idiots who purchase these camera drones who have no respect for the rules or common sense that involve model aircraft operation. You would never dream to fly your model in or around a crowded environment. Yes it's been done before and unfortunately accidents do occur (deaths have resulted from errant flying). I cringe every time I see or hear of some idiot flying his drone over a crowd.
Drones get a bad rap from the bad flyers who operate them. You cannot regulate stupidity but the govt. is certainly going to try.
The news articles I saw from earlier this month didn't indicate a collision, just someone ILLEGALLY flying around YVR. In any case, that person is already breaking the law, so passing more laws and restrictions on law-abiding citizens won't affect criminals' behavior.
The vast majority of hobbyists want to operate in an area free of obstacles to reduce the chance of collision. Let's not punish them. If there are gaps in the law that allows dangerous activity or privacy violation, then address those with specific prohibitions on actions and intent, and not broad outright bans.
YOu are absolutely right...every idiot or terrorist can fly these devices now...here in Vancouver we just had some drones flying at the beach taking pictures...probably innocent but since this is the place that many movies are made (I just bumped into Pierce Brosnan the other day) I woudl not be surpised if drones will be chasing Holywood stars soon
Absolutely not, No one will like these kind of monitoring or disturbance. But is there any way of preventing it ?, I mean to say the availability of such product is very handy now, there are certain tiny cameras being sold online with quadcoprtor as an accessory. The accessibility will improve in coming days. And anyone can misuse this carrier for harmful activity as well. You said only someone will break in the window, but it is equally possible to carry explosives on these devices. I am not in support of this thing but I am not finding any way to prevent these. It will not be possible for governments as well to handle these tiny vehicles.
Progress is never accompanied by zero risk. Plane crashes still happen, would you disagree that the procedures the US has are Better than the rest of the world? As long as humans are involved, rules will involve compromise.
With all due respect I seriously doubt that the safety is maintained...we just had a drone running into landing plane at YVR few days ago, this is not the first time...I think we are just waiting for the first plane going down before this issue is treated properly by government
Do you want the drone to look inside your windown and take pictures of you and your family? Do you want to carsh into your window due to the software glitch or operator error? do you want your boss to check whether you are really sick?
As an EE, Instrument Pilot and R/C pilot and say with confidence that the R/C community already has restrictions that has proven to be reasonable for both enthusiasts and the general public we R/C pilots have a good safety record overall that already addresses proximity to full size aviation. The FAA is in communication and discussion with the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics), a division of the NAA, to understand the issues. The experimentation afforded the model community needs to continue, but with reasonable oversight for safety and privacy. I think the FAA along with the AMA can deliver it and has so far since 1936.
You are quite right. But we will have to become used to with this problems as the drones, quadcoptoers are such a small device it will not be possible for the regulating authorities to keep an eye upon, even they are very easy to assemble for an electronic hobbyist. The new generation is also very much enthusiastic about these devices and it will be very though to monitor their experiments.
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