It’s about time for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to intervene with the fun but out of control, world of drones. Drones have become a regular part of American life, whether you, your friend, or teacher has one or you see it on TV. What has popularized them is their fair price, do it yourself package, and of course, camera capabilities. I think we can all agree that drones can be very useful by capturing places where we normally couldn’t go. So now that everyone seems to be running around with GoPro cameras in the air and controls at their fingertips, like a bunch of shenanigans, the FAA has finally released some regulations. These rules are to prevent spying so you can keep your privacy, avoid avoidable injuries, and just prevent all the bad stuff that you and I could do with a drone. Of course, it’ll take a while before everyone starts treating them like actual law but this is a good step in keeping drones from having a bad rep to the public while still giving you the freedom to fly them over consented property.
— UAS Wiley Rein (@UASWileyRein) November 6, 2014
The responses have been mixed, some like it, some think it restricts some business ideas. It’s very easy to guess that businesses will take advantage of this technology. The first time I got my hands on a drone was about 2 years ago, during robotics class. I could see convenience and business uses for it but I could also see a drone carrying a package and dropping in mid-air, on top of a car. So looks like Amazon and other companies won’t be using these for shipping any time soon. My idea is, we will find a way to regulate drone travel to where they only go to a specified, electronically calling, landing pad for packages or what not, avoid No Fly Zone areas, and only travel on a consented, networked path.
— Hackslurp (@Hackslurp) February 17, 2015