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FAA opens eyes to the dangers of drones

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  1. Robert Mitchell says:

    In the interest of full disclosure, I have flown both manned aircraft and “drones”

    First of all, the threats cited here are, as usual, much overblown.
    Many airline pilots themselves have largely dismissed the danger posed by “drones”. Many of the sightings have never been confirmed and the huge majority have been dismissed as not a threat at all. There has never been a documented contact between a UAV and a manned aircraft, even with tens of thousands being flown daily. Ever.

    Second, the ability for a UAV to accurately deliver a weapon, or explosive, simply doesn’t exist in the small consumer drones this story is talking about, and that the FAA is suggesting to register.

    Thirdly, registration is probably the LEAST effective means to prevent the kinds of incidents being feared here. Education, and enforcement might do a lot more good with a lot less effort. With tens of thousands already sold and the ability to build your own device, does anyone think that someone contemplating evil would actually register their drone?

    Stories such as this, which simply regurgitate the sky-is-falling attitude of the media, without researching the capabilities and facts only serves to perpetuate the negative impression of a technology which has the promise to save lives, and provide enormous benefit to our society and economy.

    Premature legislation and bad regulation will only harm an industry which has an impressive safety record, without ever having been regulated in the past.

    That being said, I am not against reasonable rules, requiring an operator to prove that they know the rules, and then penalizing the operator for breaking them. The FAA has had nearly a decade to provide those rules, and with regard to UAVs specifically, we still have nothing other than policy statements and suggestions.

    Do yourself a favor, look it up.

  2. Robert Mitchell says:

    Oh, and BTW, it is the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), not FCC (Federal Communication Commision) which regulates “drones”.