Proposed commercial drone rules aren't nearly as restrictive as anticipated

By Shawn Knight
Feb 16, 2015
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  1. Commercial drones may have a future in US airspace after all. The Federal Aviation Administration has published its long-awaited proposal for unmanned commercial aircraft and while they're much less lax than anticipated, package delivery services like Amazon Prime Air will...

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    If it has to stay in the line of sight, that basically makes package deliveries pointless. However, it's still good to use it to do inspections. For example, if they need to do a visual inspection on a tall crane or something like that.
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  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,223

    that's still pretty restrictive. It's WAY more requirements than driving a 3000 pound car 65 mph surrounded by other moving cars. So basically people can use them only as remote controlled toys?
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,975   +2,527

    What the FAA basically did, is rubber stamp the rules for RC model aircraft, and apply them to drones. On top of which, they're making you take a test, along with recurring proficiency retests.

    You don't need any of that to fly RC, fixed wing or Helo! In fact, ducted AND some actual turbojet models, will make close to 200MPH, possibly more

    In point of fact, (AFAIK, although the last time I checked on ultra lights was probably 3 decades ago)...,you don't even need that to kill yourself with an ultra light.

    I think this is glorious rebuke of Amazon's CEO. Petty despots in the private sector need to be put in their place from time to time. After all, the guy from Amazon, thinks the public is supposed to tolerate drone aircraft flying over their heads, just so Amazon can look good. If you think about it, because one person on a block is getting a package, the other hundred or so would have to, "keep looking up". Not to mention the swath of populated area that might have to be overflown to get to that one block. I think this edit from the FAA is worthwhile, simply to apply the system of checks and balances to this CEO's dreams of world domination, while dissolving his delusions of grandeur.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2015

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