On Monday the Federal Aviation Authority proposed rules on the operating of small commercial drones in hopes of clearing up the murky regulations pilots currently fly under. The proposal calls for pilots to pass a knowledge test and pay $200 for a certificate before taking flight.
FAA also drafted that drones may not fly faster than 100 mph, over 500 feet up, or around bystanders. So, basically you can maybe fly it in your backyard for a few minutes, take some aerial photographs of your home and return it to its launch pad. Lame.
What if I wanted some delivery and not DiGiorno’s? Or what if I wanted to receive my new sweater I ordered with my
Amazon Prime account even faster? Well the FAA nixed those ideas. Le sigh. Sorry, stomach and Amazon. The proposal includes a clause that drones must operate within eyesight of the pilot and not after dark.
So what now? Well authorities envision a world where the unmanned aerial machines whiz by snapping photographs and videos or serving as another pair of eyes to inspect buildings.
The paranoia in me is OK with this fact, because I already feel like the government is the big brother I never wanted. The government is secretly watching our every move (mostly through the Internet), but there’s no constant aerial abuse that it’s actually happening daily.
Plus drones are not dainty looking machines, they’re daunting and ominous and if I was walking down the street and saw a shadow of one overhead I would be freaked out and probably name it Peeping Tom. Move along, nothing to see here, Tom!
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The rules will have to be exposed to public comment and revision before coming final, which could take another year, reports Reuters.
In the meantime, just avoid flying drones over 400 feet in the air or disturbing the peace. And please do not fly them in Washington, D.C., this includes those mini drones and helicopters, it’s illegal.
Post-September 11 terrorists attacks, FAA and the Transportation Security Administration banned nearly all aviation from the Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ), a roughly 10-nautical mile area centered around Reagan National Airport in Virginia.
If you do, you could face a fine and even a year in jail. If you feel the need…the
need for speed do it somewhere else, would ya?
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