As is happening all across the country right now, politicians are drafting knee-jerk legislation against domestic drones. Sadly they often write vague definitions of "drones" without really thinking of the ramifications their rhetoric could have.
Case in point: Two bills were recently introduced to the Oregon legislature which will immediately criminalize every consumer and hobbyist who owns a toy or model aircraft capable of capturing images of people or objects. But don’t take my word for it – read the Roswell Flight Test Crew’s very extensive analysis here. Or watch their great video above.
So PDXDrones members are coming together Thursday to organize ourselves against and respond to this misguided legislation. We'll be working with the AMA and Roswell Flight Test Crew to produce a video petition to send to our legislators, as well as other collateral we'll gladly share with other pilots going through similar situations.
If you live in the Portland area, we need you to attend this meeting. If we don’t act as a group, to let our own representatives know the grave mistake they are attempting to make, then we might all become criminals.