Falcon UAV Puts Deer Trail Colorado on the Map.....Literally....Sort of....

(Reposted from:  http://www.falcon-uav.com/falcon-uav-news/)

Recently a few residents from a small town named Deer Trail, Colorado decided to write a proposed city ordinance to purchase "Drone Hunting Licenses" from the town for $25.  You can read the specifics of the proposed ordinance below however in a nutshell it would authorize license holders to shoot down drones that resemble a federal drone (i.e. wings, fuselage, propeller) - regardless of the purpose for which it is being used. 


Yesterday, 6 August 2013, the ordinance was put to a vote by the town council and it came to a tie which means it will go to a special election for the more than 500 residents of Deer Trail.  Falcon UAV was out in Deer Trail yesterday to educate the town council and its residents that their ordinance was misguided, at best, given that the use of drones in the civil market are going to be an enormous help for small communities and small businesses such as those in Deer Trail.  For example, Deer Trail is an agriculture and ranching community.  Falcon UAV is currently in use in the US for precision agriculture mapping missions allowing farmers to map their crops throughout the growing season.  If they spot a problem they can take care of it early and at a local level making their crops more effecient and produce more.  Another great example is that the eastern planes of Colorado saw a large storm move through in the last week causing extensive hail damage and high wind damage to a number of farmers crops.  Drones such as Falcon UAV could be deployed to accurately map the acreage lost to the storm so that the farmers can receive a fair reimbursement from the insurance companies.  As a final example ranchers in the Deer Trail area could be using drones to help with cattle counts during calving season or locating lost cattle with thermal infrared in the winter snow conditions.  It is a regular occurence for ranchers to lose a few head of cattle in the winter which costs a rancher thousands of dollars.

The positive uses for unmanned aircraft in the civil market is limitless.  There is no question they will create jobs, generate income, and be an enormous benefit to small businesses and small rural towns more than we can imagine.  Yes, certain people will use the technology for nefarious purposes but that is no reason to hold the entire technology accountable as the Deer Trail ordinance intends to do if it is voted in.

To put this in perspective for the general public please answer the following questions: 

Do you hold the computer or the computer hacker accountable for stealing someone's identity via the internet?

Do you hold the car or the driver accountable for a hit and run?

Then why would you hold the drone accountable for any illegal surveillance rather than the operator?

So to demonstrate the positive uses of unmanned aircraft technology we at Falcon UAV figured that it would be appropriate to use Deer Trail to show how unmanned aircraft may be used to help.  Perhaps a small town like Deer Trail would like to get some great HD shots of their iconic water tower! Falcon to the rescue.......


Or maybe they are doing a major expansion to the town from the revenue they are generating from a recent town ordinance.  For this major expansion they need to survey the land and to determine the slope of the land to determine water runoff/flood planning as well as determine the area and volume of fill dirt they will need to add or remove for the town projects.  To do this they require a high resolution georectified orthophoto and digital elevation model (DEM) which gives accurate GPS positions for every single pixel in the image.  Doing this from a manned aircraft using aerial photography or LIDAR is just way too expensive for a town like Deer Trail so perhaps they could use a drone such as Falcon UAV to map the area in a single flight to generate both of these image products!

 click here to download high resolution orthophoto of Deer Trail, Co...

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click here to download high resolution digital elevation model (DEM...

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And in this day and age who doesn't know how to use Google Earth.  I mean what if you could overlay the orthophoto and the digital elevation model in Google Earth and provide that information to the whole world so that they can find exactly where Deer Trail Colorado is!

click here to download high resolution orthophoto of Deer Trail, Co...

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Comment by Sgt Ric on August 8, 2013 at 12:41pm

Thanks for the update.

Hope the special re-vote shows cooler heads.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on August 8, 2013 at 1:30pm

Well done Chris

Comment by Matthew Schroyer on August 8, 2013 at 1:59pm

Free aerial mapping to a town that was hostile to drones? Now THAT'S how you change public perception. Great work.

Comment by HeliStorm on August 8, 2013 at 2:14pm
Who thought up this piece of public relations gold? I hope this has been press released to major news organizations.
Comment by Falcon UAV on August 8, 2013 at 2:39pm

More positive news for the drone....Thanks to Ben from Mesa County Sheriffs Office. 


Comment by David Anders on August 8, 2013 at 3:50pm

Good job.

Comment by David Anders on August 8, 2013 at 3:53pm

Actually, just out of interest.  Did anyone try to stop you or shoot you down?

Comment by Thomas the Nerd on August 9, 2013 at 11:02am

Guys with hunting rifles and shotguns aren't going to hit a government surveillance drone anyway; only hobbyist and small commercial UAVs would be small enough and low enough to hit. You'd need a dedicated AA weapon to take down a Predator, and maybe even a scaneagle at altitude. So the town should pool its resources for a AA gun and a radar, not "hunting licenses".

Comment by BluSky1 on August 9, 2013 at 6:54pm

The FAA already said it will slap Deer Trail Colorado with huge federal fines if they put any such law into effect that endangers public safety and personal property

Simply put the FAA is needed to make guide lines that are seamless across all state lines

please see my blog post here the FAA response to  Deer Trail Colorado


My statement is simply this shoot my drones down and I will make ones that can shoot back

Comment by Euan Ramsay on August 13, 2013 at 8:28am

This is America we're talking about John...you might be surprised just have a many are that naive.  This is the land of creationism after all. 


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