Friday, March 21, 2014

Civilian Drones:Right/Not a Right to Fly?

Should citizens have the right to have and produce footage with their own drones in the United States.  The FAA, in charge of the safety regulation has set a policy in place to restrict civilian drones for being used in commercial purposes. The video below features the first FAA federal lawsuit brought up against an independent film maker that may face a fine in the thousands for using his drone camera to film footage in Virgina.

Next up we have footage regarding a drone flying over the police during a mass disbursement of civilians in an area. Although this footage was captured by a civilian r/c camera helicopter(mini-drone) and it was reportedly shot down by the police. The author of the video states that on June 11th 2013, Police fired bullets at his RC controlled flying camera during the protests in Taksim square, Istanbul. Here is the footage from that camera! Unfortunately the last video was not saved properly on the memory card due to the impact on the camera. Police aimed directly at the camera. Both the camera and the helicopter are completely broken. However, all the footage you are about to see is from the previous flights minutes before the incident.

The question that comes to mind as it relates to the affordable civilian version of this amazing technology become more frequent. In the United States, Congressional members are debating the military/law enforcement usage under a privacy constitution regulation. However, the civilian debate for it's usage keeps being kicked down the hall for another year or two. What type of regulations could the FAA put together that would allow such a device to be used. Definitely, flying over police officers during a riot or over a military base would be definitely a thumbs down. To ask specific regulations about this issue write:

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20591
1-866-TELL-FAA (1-866-835-5322)


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