Media panics over drone flying near Obama motorcade

"Drone Buzzes President Barack Obama's Motorcade in Hawaii"

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Some guy, who received a drone for Christmas happens to be flying when Obama drives by, and the media goes WILD. But they ignore the hundreds of cars on the same highway that are a much higher risk to the president. It's going to be a big uphill struggle to get the society to overcome their fear of drones when the media panics like this. 

Imagine what the FAA would do if this toy had crashed into the presidents motorcade? 

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Comment by Darrell Burkey on December 29, 2015 at 10:46pm

Panic? What panic? In typical Hawaiian style the account I read said that officials saw him flying, asked him to land and went on with their business. No cops, no arrests, no drama. The guy had no idea the Pres was in the area and simply complied. The only odd thing here is how sensible it was handled. 

Comment by DG on December 29, 2015 at 10:52pm

Elections have consequences.

Anyone thinking the FAA is only requiring registering drone owners and everything will be fine, well, think again.

Soon they will tighten the noose more until it isn't worth hassle. I just returned my Solo a few weeks ago, and am considering leaving the hobby for good as this evolves into an all out war on multirotors.

Comment by Bill Bonney on December 30, 2015 at 1:50am
I like his shirt. "Laid Back, Easy Goin".
Comment by DG on December 30, 2015 at 2:03am
Ha! I did not notice that. Funny

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on December 30, 2015 at 6:09am

Definitely not intentional and not worth reporting.



Comment by Tobias Witting on December 30, 2015 at 7:35am

it was really a totally non-serious incident. But doesn't stop the media from producing disproportionally sensationalist headlines like "President Obama's motorcade buzzed by drone", such a joke...

Comment by Matthew on December 30, 2015 at 9:13am

@DG At least you are allowed to fly. I was greeted with a "No Drones" signs at the local AMA club this week because I am within 30 miles of DC. I should have taken my holiday break in Cancun instead.

Comment by Patrick Duffy on December 30, 2015 at 9:14am

When it shows up on national news, it's a panic.

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on December 30, 2015 at 9:30am


Move down here to Ft Lauderdale, FL.

Our AMA sanctioned flying field is directly under the Ft Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport west end glide path and they even allow us to fly multicopters at the field.



Comment by DG on December 30, 2015 at 9:42am


  How does your local AMA get away with that?  MR's pose no more of a threat than a foamy to D.C. 30 miles away; they are both "drones".

If it comes down to forcing individuals to fly under some club banner at an "authorized" field, I'm definitely done with this hobby. 


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