As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald today:

"The chief executive of the US consumer drone maker 3D Robotics wants the cowboys who have tarnished the name of the hobby to have their wings clipped.

Chris Anderson, the co-founder and chief executive of the Bay Area-based start-up, has even coined a term for the phenomenon: "mass jackassery".

"[It's] bad and it's going to get worse. And if we don't do something about it, no one's been killed yet, but someone's going to do something really stupid," he told Fairfax Media.

Full story here.

Hard not to agree, especially after the recent US Open saga.  Whilst the media down here appears to be primarily concerned about privacy, I'm sure we have all seen pilots acting irresponsibly.

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Comment by F1P on September 7, 2015 at 4:13am

Killed by drone|? I heard something familiar before

Comment by Darrell Burkey on September 7, 2015 at 4:49am

I have always advocated the use of software to limit consumer drones to the point where I would like to see products that don't include limits banned from sale. If they are going to be used in public space then they should also be registered, just like cars. Of course, you can skip all that if you just fly at a local club within the club guidelines and with insurance to boot. That's been working just fine for decades.  

Comment by F1P on September 7, 2015 at 4:59am

IMHO There is time to make much more serious safety test and wide research of specific product samples  in real conditions

Comment by Giovanni Esposito on September 7, 2015 at 5:47am

What's the exact question Anderson answered with that statement?

F1P you are very very right!

Comment by Mike T on September 7, 2015 at 5:49am

does anyone read smh? really a joke, the journalists are a joke. i wouldn't even bother reading it. or perhaps read the "reccomended articles" at the bottom such as "

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on September 7, 2015 at 7:30am

Hi All,

Since I am a DIY Drones Administrator I am involved with the approval of new members who want to join DIY Drones for various reasons.

At the top of the list are members who want to either build or buy a multicopter for personal photographic or FPV purposes. There are also a substantial number of members who want to open a sUAS business either to sell multicopters or provide a sUAS service of some kind. We are presently adding approximately 1,000 new members to DIY Drones each month and if even a very small fraction of those new members fly irresponsibly we are in big trouble.

What these casual observations say to me is that the local/state entities or even the FAA are going to have a difficult time regulating the flow of hobby sUASs into the private/public environment let alone attempting to regulate the "drone cowboys" who are giving the hobby sUASs community a bad name.

I fear that we have closed the barn door after the horse has already departed.



Comment by Nikola Rabchevsky on September 7, 2015 at 7:50am

My own personal Law of Concepts: Any concept created by man can be used for both good and bad.

In other words, to the uninformed and misinformed politicians: You will never be able to stop people from doing bad things with technology without also preventing people from doing good things with that technology.

To the California politician who is only looking out for her next election, to the FAA inspectors in the ivory towers in Washington, to the media who are only interested in selling advertising, and to the product manufacturers who are seriously considering ways to keep all of these people happy, let me ask you this: How well will you sleep the night some five-year-old dies of exposure because search & rescue personnel weren't able to use every tool to find him?

Comment by avionics on September 7, 2015 at 8:59am

As a member of Diydrones and a RC flyer for the past 45 years I think I have enough exposure to this hobby to know the importance of the safety issues. we RC flyers always fly in our local clubs with strictly observing the safety procedures responsibly. when first small drones started to come out it did cross my mind about the safety when I started seeing drones flying over the cities and towns and even over the airports !. I think it is a good idea to bring out the problem now before a major accident happens and I think the first think Diydrones can do is a awareness campaign about the drones and what damage they can do if they fall off the sky or hit an aircraft of hit a person etc. I know there are always news here about these issue which is very positive but perhaps it is now the time the awareness campaign to be taken more seriously and more informative especially to the new comers to this hobby or even before their memberships are accepted to pass a knowledge tests about the safety issues.  

Comment by Craig Issod on September 7, 2015 at 10:38am

"hard not to disagree" - I'm sorting out the meaning of that statement!

A big question here is what responsibility do the manufacturers and marketers have in this issues? When a company says "Anyone can fly it" are the being responsible? Maybe in the small print somewhat it says "learn to be a good pilot", but the big message is that anyone can do it.

"whether you're a seasoned drone pilot or a beginner"

"For Everyone"

"you or anyone else - I can hand you this controller and take you outside and you can fly out of the box"

I could go on......but these statements come from the very manufacturers who are now commenting that people take the things and don't learn!

Shouldn't responsibility start with the manufacturers and marketing? 

Another of my pet peeves is that when the cowboys post their exploits all over the interwebz the manufacturer's (employees, reps, cheerleaders, etc.) - even those participating in the same discussions, will often comment "Epic Flight" and not call such people to task. I understand it's a slippery slope but you have to stand for something. They could at least comment "we suggest only flying LOS and blah-blah - please fly safe and responsibly". 

I have decades of experience with a similar situation - we sold biomass (wood, pellet, etc.) heating equipment and ran some very large forums. We would not let member post threads or posts about burning carpet, green wood, trash...nor would we allow pictures of unsafe installations, etc.

AND, we were not even manufacturers - just acting responsible in an attempt to keep people safe. After all, they were playing with fire.

IMHO, the first order of business here is for manufacturers to make it very clear what is needed to fly responsibly. I do notice some movement in that direction but it is often drowned out by marketing departments. 


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