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FAA Sets Precedent - Allows Commercial Flights Near People

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JKDSensei, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. JKDSensei

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  2. snerd

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    From the article..................... "In other parts of the world, commercial drone use is legal and commonplace.............."

    Ahhhhhhh...................... gotta love the good 'ole U.S of A. always behind the curve on new technology. We try to blame it on kids getting dumber, but it's the "government" regulations and outdated laws that is the culprit!
     
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    From the nice article, a quote by one of the owners of the company, referring to the recent drone crash right behind slalom skier Marcel Hirscher

    "It looked to be a custom drone that isn’t held to the same standard that drones on the market like DJI and Yuneec are producing.”

    Ah hahahahahahhahahahah

    They're using Inspires. At least he points out that they won't fly over the person they are filming. Some other poor soul on the ski area ... well ... we'll see.

    But in general, this is the way the FAA has always worked. If you can come to them with a good plan, have enough money and clout to get through the wads of bureaucracy and are patient, you might get to push the envelope a little bit. If you're successful, other groups might try it. Later on, the FAA might change it's general approach to whatever. This is what happened with iPads in the cockpit (along with a fair amount of plain old engineering testing).
     
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    I looked at their letter on the Regulations.gov site. Right now the FAA is approving 333 applications that were submitted the first week in July. Theirs was submitted a year ago.


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