Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger recently did an interview with Fortune magazine about UAVs and the regulations that will need to be created for them. I always find it interesting, it seems that safety experts talk about larger consumer UAVs (he talks about 25-55 lb UAVs), but the media reports on the small ones that weigh just a couple of pounds. When a news story actually mentions the size of the UAV (like the medical helicopter story I posted yesterday), the media rarely mentions the size of the UAV, and invariably, the photo next to the story is a Phantom.
If we are going to see meaningful and fair rules, everyone is going to have to come to the same page about the definitions. Drones, UAVs, UAS, all muddy the water. I’ve always considered a drone, a military device. Seems wrong to use the same term for a multi-rotor racer or camera platform.
Canada already splits out the much smaller UAVs from the larger consumer/pro models, in their regulations.