Chris - is there a trade association of light AUV manufacturers like 3DR? I know that AUVSI represents the big iron companies that need a market after the wars wind down - many of our largest airlines started after WW-II by purchasing surplus airplanes - so no complaint with that marketing move.
But - is anyone watching for the interests of the DIY community? Is there any group that watches the legislative responses to small commercial AUV manufacturers and users?
If not, should there be one? After all, repressive laws like the ones working its way through the Texas and Oregon legislatures could, if not challenged, squashed or modified, put those states (and more to follow) off-limits to 3DR, JDrones, Parott and other small recreational UAV makers. The manufacturers have as much to lose as the users.