Christmas is coming up, and UAV sales are projected to break previous records. The Drone Pilot Zone has a great article that breaks down the safety factors of UAVs, and gives you a list of drones in 4 different classes, from safest (most user friendly) to most dangerous and should be looked at by people that understand how to operate UAVs safely, because these can potentially cause major harm. I’d highly recommend checking this article out if you are shopping for a UAV for the holidays.Read More
Yesterday, the US Department of Transportation held a press conference outlining new rules that they and the FAA want to implement. These rules would make it so that all UAVs (Hobby and commercial) as well as other hobby aircraft will need to be registered with the FAA. There are a lot of questions with this, and the obvious is about hobby use. Right now, hobbiests do not need to register their aircraft. The process to register an aircraft is very time consuming, and involves many carbon copies… yes, in 2015 they still do not have an electronic means of document submission.
There has been some good commentary about this press-release and proposed new rules:
- 8 Questions Raised by the USDOTs Decision to Register Every Drone in the US also from Aeriographer.com.
- What’s your objective opinion about the Department of Transportation’s announcement that they are forming a task force to essentially create a UAS registration process? from Droneu.com.
- The Problems with Mandatory Drone Registration by Jonathan Rupprecht on jrupprechtlaw.com.
- AMA JOINS DOT TASK FORCE ON UAS REGISTRATION from the AMA Website. They say that they are going to work on having differing rules for small hobby and toy drones.
- U.S. To Require Registration Of All Drones; Hobbyists May Pose Legal Conundrum by John Goglia on Forbes.com. This is a really good read.
It seems that Alon Sicherman has found a loop-hole of sorts, for getting a pilot’s license to fly a UAS. It costs 1/2 to 1/3 of a pilot’s license, and just like flying a plane, has very little to do with flying a multi-rotor for photography purposes. The article does point out that Alon has learned a lot of background information about flight, that will help him with his UAS flying. I would think Balloons (and possibly gliders) would be the closest to flying a UAV since they are greatly affected by the weather and small changes in the atmosphere.Read More
When is it legal to shoot down a UAV? After reading this article you can find out the answer. It does turn out, there is a time that it is legal. Have a read to find out when it is legal, and how to avoid that occuring to your UAV.Read More
Here is a really good video showing what is and is not possible with a UAV. The Drone Dude has put together this video showing what a UAV sees at a short range, then out to 150′. He then switches over to a camera with a zoom lens showing how it is very unlikely someone would use a UAV to spy on you, since a camera with a zoom lens is far superior. This video also shows how audible the UAVs are.
Finally, he goes on to show what it looks like outside, from long range down to 20′. This again shows that at 100′ you can’t see much, and it is very noticeable from sound.
As a photographer, I have known these facts for quite a while, and when I see people say the UAV is spying, I shake my head. It is just not possible, or probable. Especially when a simple camera is all that is needed. This video will hopefully dispel some of the paranoia around what a UAV can see.Read More