Bend boy’s drone among those cited as ‘emerging hazard’ for forest firefighters

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BEND — It cost a Bend teenager about $800 in revenue from chores, yard work and birthday gifts to buy a miniature aircraft and a camera he sent aloft to capture video of a forest fire this summer that was threatening the western edge of the city.

The images were a YouTube hit, but they were also a source of worry for fire bosses concerned about the possibility that drones could interfere with firefighting and possibly bring down a big aircraft.

Morgan Tien, 14, told The Bulletin newspaper of Bend that he had read federal guidelines on when and where he could fly his DJI Phantom, a small quadcopter he fitted with a GoPro camera.

Tien’s not in trouble for the flight, which went up from his patio on June 7, followed by a second flight the next day. They didn’t get into restricted air space.

But federal authorities cited the flights, along with others this summer in Washington state and California. They called them an “emerging hazard.”

Drones may be a problem for firefighters if the drones fly into restricted airspace over and near a wildfire, where air tankers and helicopters could be in the air, said Mike Ferris, a spokesman in Portland for the U.S. Forest Service.


Full article here: Bend Boy

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Comment by Steven G on August 27, 2014 at 8:24pm

Just more drone phobia if you ask me. Article way short on details, so you all filled them in without any first hand facts or knowledge. Be careful tonight when you sleep, check under your bed for a boogie man.

Comment by Petr Hubacek on August 28, 2014 at 1:20am

Drones are like dogs. You don't need a permission, but from time to time a dog can bite someone gravely. Do someone regulate dogs?

Comment by Andrew Rabbitt on August 28, 2014 at 1:41am

Yes, most (anglo) places you need to register your dog.  The only reason the law requires registration is so it becomes a legal entity that "the law" can "efficiently" act upon.  Same reason you are forced to register your newborn baby, car, aeroplane, boat etc...  Perhaps drones are next?  

Comment by Petr Hubacek on August 28, 2014 at 2:24am

registration is not a regulation, nor a restriction... I think some kinds of dog ovnership rules shall be regulated and yes, drones shall be regulated as well.

Comment by Rick Swanson on August 28, 2014 at 11:22am

Just keep your dogs and kid out of my park at dawn. If I have to get up at an obscene hour to fly, the least you can do is sleep in...  I'm the guy that blows the leaves off the playground equipment with the remote control blower.

Comment by Rick Swanson on August 28, 2014 at 11:22am

Only when the park is empty, and never without a spotter of course

Comment by mP1 on August 28, 2014 at 7:49pm

@Andrew: Registration of babies and dogs has nothing to do with law enforcement. Its just a record keeping opportunity. If a person never gets registered at birth they still are under the law of the land.

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