"Keep in mind that Part 103 ultralights are prohibited from commercial use in the US, with the sole exception of flight instruction. With the airspace restrictions, ultralights can't ever be anything more than a hobby. The intent is…"
"HeliStorm, my only point is that, unfortunately, ADS-B can't be a 100% solution to being being able to sense & avoid aircraft here in the US, as not all aircraft are, or will be, equipped with ADS-B transmitters. That includes…"
"Excellent! A few cautions, though, for those of us in the US:
Not all (or even most) aircraft are currently equipped with ADS-B transmitters ("out"). The FAA won't be mandating use of ADS-B out for most aircraft…"
"Sorry for the gloom and doom, I agree that it is a gorgeous video. The implications of this are troubling, however, you don't want to know what happens next if the FAA decides these sorts of operations are inherently hazardous to third parties…"
"That doesn't address the actual legality of what you did. Aside from the fact that you had no permission from the FAA, Alameda County, or the City of Oakland to operate a commercial multicopter in Oakland airspace (since none of those…"
"Given that I live in Oakland, and am a licensed pilot, here are my thoughts: a fairly large and heavy multicopter flown over a highly congested urban area, by what is obviously a commercial company, for what is apparently a commercial feature film,…"
"As a glider pilot, I endorse this concept ;^)
As a practical matter, though, the reason the Army basically abandoned use of assault gliders during the late 40s was specialized transport aircraft capable of safely air dropping heavy equipment (see…"
"The situation is a lot murkier than it might seem at first glance. First, it is not true that "all aircraft in the NAS must be equipped with ADS-B transponders by 2020." ADS-B out will only be required for aircraft that…"
No offense taken. Small UAV technology is already too wide spread for effective control, I expect there will be attempts to control it that will ultimately fail.
I am, however, quite concerned by the paramilitary direction being taken by many local police departments in the US. Police departments engaged in secret UAV tests are not in keeping with the way things were supposed to work in a "democracy".
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