Drone Update

My last post talked about options for limiting drone traffic, including this video

detailing the plans by at least one member of some “well regulated militia” to shoot ‘em down. 

But it looks like I forgot one other option – the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA has proposed new rules that will limit how commercial operators can use drones going forward. Two provisions that may pose a real problem? Operators will need to see the drone with “unaided vision.” Operating the drone within eyesight will no doubt limit the range and the usefulness of the technology.

And when you think about it, what good would the drone really be under these restrictions? We know Amazon wants to use them for lightning fast delivery. And journalists see value in a device that can travel where a reporter cannot. 

No doubt the proposed rules are a starting point for negotiations.  Let’s see where we end up.