"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…"
My argument is simply that to maintain a "civil society" it is sometimes necessary to break inconvenient laws. As a licensed pilot and aircraft owner, I also know the difference between a Federal Aviation Regulation…"
"In a civil society we can't make laws, and break them whenever it becomes inconvenient to us.
Sadly, you must have missed school the day they discussed Letter from a Birmingham Jail or even the very founding of this country. Here's a…"
"mabe [sic] there is a bit of both here, police need to relax a bit, journalists need to stay out of the way and students need to move on after making their points and when asked to do so
We're moving way off topic for this site, but had…"
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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