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Amateur UAVs in the New York Post


Classic New York Post: (via Gawker)

"Attack of the Drones

Airborne Eyes Peer at the City

In New York City, someone's always looking down on you.

Low-tech, miniature versions of battlefield drones have come to the boroughs. Only here, they are controlled mostly by hobbyists and photographers, not soldiers shooting insurgents from the sky.

There are only 282 official permits to fly drones nationwide, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. They range from $4.5 million jets that can fly for two days without landing, to hand-launched helicopters that fit in a book bag.

The FAA would not say if any of these permits have been issued in New York City.

But the number of drones patrolling the nation's skies is expected to "explode" if the agency, as expected in December, relaxes restrictions on law enforcement for aircraft weighing 4.4 pounds or less.

Until then, hobbyists are the only people who can launch unmanned aircraft without a permit, as long as devices aren't being used to make money, said an FAA spokesman. They're supposed to fly below 400 feet."

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  • Well, it s just a R/C chopper with a camera not a drone so no need a permit.

    It remembers me the story of a prof. of biology in Canada. He and his student flew an UAV to make photos of birds, and he display the results at an UAV conference showing images of his drone near HT pylons. The meeting room was full of Transport Canada representatives. This guy didn't know anything about CAR, SFOC, etc. he just flew his drone like that. We heard after that he had some problems with TC.
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  • Moderator
    Privacy will be bought out first
  • Now we'll just wait for someone to pull out terrorist card and try to put ban on the hobby =)
  • Moderator
    There must have been a change of law in the USA, now another news article

  • T3
    At least they are aware of the issue will not stop them getting sued if they crash it into some old lady's poodle.
  • OK, kind of like 'nonprofit' but salaries are expenses and don't count!
  • Moderator
    I don't think so

    SkyCamUsa is a professional video and photography production company, creating and editing digital media for clients. Due to the complex nature of the current FAA legal structure we can not charge for remote helicopter filming or photos. We charge only for video and photo editing (as needed), consultations, travel time, ground based media and traditional manned aircraft aerial photography and video.

    The remote controlled helicopter that we use sometimes to film is a low altitude, close range, open space flyer only in an approved area and does not operate near any airports or violate any FAA regulations. This is a non commercial service for which there is no charge. The remote controlled helicopter is NOT a UAV or autonomous in anyway and is flown by hand only within line of sight of the operator always in a safe location. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this. Thank you.
  • "The rest of the story........." - 'max range 750 ft./LOS'
  • But, maybe SkyCamUSA has a permit?
  • Moderator
    I guess

    New York-based SkyCamUSA has used battery-powered helicopters, which can fly up to 40 mph and hover in place, to shoot Riverside Park, the West Side Highway and Yankee Stadium, costing real-estate and production clients a fraction of what they would spend contracting a manned helicopter.

    Have just put their neck in the noose for a prosecution.
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