Canadian police testing Dragan X6 multirotor

Calgary Police are testing the Dragan X6 multirotor. Excerpt from the article:

"The key in expanding the service's use of the technology is going to be proving the images hold up in court, Engele said. The X6 was used previously by the Ontario Provincial Police to photograph a homicide scene in rural Ontario and could be used in tactical or surveillance operations, he said."

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Comment by Sgt Ric on March 12, 2009 at 10:07am
Yes, I get alot of my FPV stuff from them (RCtoys.com).
Comment by Dimitris on March 12, 2009 at 12:48pm
I wouldn't call a system that can be used at least in EU, Canada and Australia exactly "restricted"!
Comment by Peter Corrigan on March 12, 2009 at 3:15pm
The FAA did what? On what grounds? (sorry, I live in ireland and this is all new to me. They only allowed BB guns here a couple of years ago! And lets not even mention contraception!)

Looks like an uphill battle then. So be it! Its a basic human right to be allowed to fly...everybody knows that! I think the benifits UAVs will provide will far outweigh any obsticales they might encounter along the way and it'l still be safe to choke the atmosphere to death with '000s of half empty jets! Speaking of which, I wonder how Zeppelin are doing these days. Gotta go. Am late.

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Comment by Sgt Ric on March 12, 2009 at 4:00pm
Chris has a blog that deals with the UAV regs in the states, listed under the FAQ section on the first page.

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Comment by Rory Paul on March 12, 2009 at 4:24pm
@Peter

A few years back the LAPD demoed a small UAS for tactical use. It had material wings and could be rolled up into a cylinder for storage. I believe (may be incorrect) but it had an MP autopilot. Anyway the story goes that after the press had left a rep from the FAA told the LAPD that they were not permitted to operate the unit. I also remember that the manufacturer was threatened and packed up and went to Australia (again not 100% sure of that).
Comment by Howard Gordon on March 12, 2009 at 4:29pm
Comment by Howard Gordon on March 12, 2009 at 4:31pm
Looks like the manufacturer is still here -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octatron_SkySeer

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Comment by Sgt Ric on March 12, 2009 at 4:41pm
Wikipedia's comment ..."Although the FAA does not regulate model aircraft, it does have jurisdiction over unmanned aerial vehicles." is not correct; The FAA has jurisdiction on ALL items in the skies over the entire US.

The main disticntion which affects UAVs is that model aircraft flown for "recreaction" are covered by fewer restrictions (such as max height, direct line of sight, max weight, etc.) than any craft used for commercial applications.

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