From our friends with http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/ and the BLM.
Be Smart, Be Safe, Stay away from wildfires when flying a drone. Only authorized aircraft are permitted to fly in airspace during a fire incident.
Many pilots sighted unauthorized drones in the area where operate with conventional aircraft, but at the moment there's no documented proof of this thing.It was also demonstrated that it's very difficult to spot a small drone from a conventional aircraft, there're many video on Youtube to prove it.Friends did a test and published the result, it was impossible to spot a small Phantom also passing very close.I wonder then how som pilots spot him from a 747 during landing, at 400 Km/h.We are certain that this danger really exists, or is not only a kind of conspiracy on the part of those who have economic interests and don't want drones? ;-)
I refuse to watch this or read it. A picture of a crashed helicopter?? Seriously? That is nothing but click-bait bullshit. Put an awful looking tragic picture that has nothing to do with anything on the front page to attract people. No thanks, try again. Leave the hysterical drama to the mainstream media.
I also refuse to accept this blog. there has not been a single aircraft crash because of drone. why don't you post this video on some pilots guild website where a pilot two days back had blood alcohol level 7 times the normal level. before you post bogus videos we would like to know who you are. drones DO NOT take lives. Drones SAVE lives.
In general, I have no problem with this with one significant exception. For those of us who are involved in roadblocks and neighborhood evacuations, knowing the current fire conditions and behavior is a matter of life and death. We have trained observers who are supposed to position themselves where they can see the fire and evaluate it. You can't always find accessible high ground to do this. Being able to put a UAV up in the air would solve that problem.
Don't forget to post a video: "Birds in the air kill people"!
It is a known fact how much money it cost to the big airports (read air travelers) to control birds population around the airport. Some airports use drones (RC hawks) to scare away birds.
Downed airliner on Hudson river.. we can continue and continue.
Just wanted to add a bit to my 1am knee-jerk response.
The Know Before You Fly campaign is a well-placed step in the right direction of trying to educate the general population of sUAS users about regulations that they might not be aware of. I'm also happy that manufacturers are including the documentation with the sale of their products, and that Craig is giving the campaign it's time on the front page of DIYdrones. It needs to be something that new sUAS users "stumble" onto everywhere they go when they are first getting into this community.
The frustrating part of this blog post (before it was edited) and that KBYF video is the attempt at manipulation. When most responsible operators agree with the message and community sites, as well as manufacturers, are voluntarily advertising the campaign and the message, the last thing they need to do is resort to manipulation by implying that a downed helicopter was caused by a drone.
More incidents in today's news
There is huge difference between a fool with a toy at a fire and an operator with a tool. I think UAVs will prove useful when used for a purpose. If you have never been involved in fire suppression you might be amazed at how much low level (high risk) flying is happening. Slinging a bucket in rough terrain close to a tree line and something smashes into your machine could be a very dangerous distraction. Birds have excellent sense and avoid systems installed and they don't even work right all the time. If you are there because you are part of the team there won't be a problem because your presence will be coordinated with the rest of the team. Some people have to be scared with sensational messages because our society is so comfortably numb.
Ceasing firefighting operations because someone spotted a 2lb plastic toy in the area is equally as stupid as the person operating the 2lb plastic toy.
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