Dreading Those Drones

There’s something very wrong with recreational drones.

You can see the attraction. They can be extremely easy to fly and they take cool pictures. The Consumer Electronics Association forecasts about 700,000 will be sold to hobbyists, gift-givers and random shoppers this year, up from 430,000 in 2014 but far fewer than the 1.1 million sales anticipated for 2016. Some are tiny flying toys, weighing less than an ounce. Some weigh more than 50 pounds, and still count as “recreational.”

I think I speak for all of us when I say that we do not want to get in between a child and his ToyJoy F8 Space Trek RC Nano Drone. But it’s absolutely crazy that the bigger ones — the ones capable of flying in the same airspace as a helicopter or dropping a mystery package on a nuclear power plant — aren’t being licensed and strictly regulated.

You can find the rest of this op-ed, by Gail Collins of The New York Times, at this link.

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One comment to “Dreading Those Drones”

  1. Steve McCale

    It is extremely unfair to lump all UAVs as Drones that are dangerous. The vast majority of UAVs are model airplanes and helicopters that have been safely operating all over the world for decades. Also, there are many types of “drones” used for racing and acrobatics and operate safely every day. Check out the AMA which is over 70 years old and has a flawless safety record. It is just this kind of generalization and fear mongering that causes over-reaction by zealous politicians, crushing an entire industry and limiting the safe and responsible freedoms of individuals to enjoy a hobby. Why don’t you do an article that shows the entire scope of UAV Opperations and not focus on the few knuckle-heads we are all trying to rain in? Funny how nobody wants gun control because it’s not the guns that kill people, it’s people who kill people. Well, this is no different. It’s not the drones that are bad, it’s the people operating them. Let’s increase awareness of local clubs and flying field that provide safe, learning environments for people to fly their new UAVs and grow the hobby. That is what we have in our community and we struggle every day to overcome the bad press like this article and spread the word about the majority of people buying those hundreds of thousands of drones, that never hurt or endanger anyone. Please, help us to accomplish this by revising this article.

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