Finally, a good article on "drone journalism"

ABC News Australia has a thorough piece on the state of "drone journalism", which gives some good examples and cuts through the sort of silliness that characterized some earlier reports, such as those featuring Occupy Wall Street types flying a Parrot AR.Drone inside.

It includes an important quote from Matt Waite, who runs the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska

Despite America's love affair with new technology, Professor Waite says the rate of take-up of drone journalism is still very slow - for one single reason.

"Here in the US the law doesn't allow it - plain and simple," he said.

"The rules right now in the US are basically this: nothing over 400 feet, nothing out of sight, nothing near people and no commercial purposes.

"If it were (just) the first three, drone journalism would have a fighting chance. The commercial restrictions are the hardest to overcome."

Sounds like Professor Waite, at least, is taking a realistic and responsible approach. 

[Thanks to Gary Mortimer/sUAS News for the link]

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Comment by Bradley J Carr on February 22, 2012 at 8:16am

in the link that I am adding below.  This one states that using drones for commercial use is good to go now.  And maybe I am way off base with this.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on February 22, 2012 at 9:11am

Poorly written, unless the author thinks that 3 years is "soon" for a guy who lost his source of income.

Comment by Douglas D. on February 22, 2012 at 9:11am

I'm so happy I could do a back flip!!!!@Bradley J Carr, you don't know how much that link Has improved my family's spirit and life. Maybe now I can start making a real standard in rc/uav for the hobbyist. Its going to be a good day:)  

Comment by Bradley J Carr on February 22, 2012 at 9:28am

I am not sure if that is correct.  I just seen that article yesterday and was wondering if it had been true.  Because now I see a post like this and has me wondering

Comment by Douglas D. on February 22, 2012 at 9:31am
Comment by Ellison Chan on February 22, 2012 at 9:33am

Hey Robert, are you REALLY asking me how long, or just being sarcastic? ;-)

I suspect that like all things governmental, that it's not going to be overnight.  But people do get them.  For instance that's the same certificate that crop dusters have to get.  From the reading of the process flow charts, I think you have a better chance if you're a member of MACC or AMA.

Comment by Stephen Dwyer on February 22, 2012 at 11:39am

@Robert and Ellison, my lab has an SFOC for sUAS research in Edmonton. It took us about 3-4 weeks for the process. The first time we chatted with our local official to clarify some requirements and ensure we were prepared. Our current SFOC is valid for 1 year at 2 flying sites. The trick is to show to TC that you have worked to mitigate risk and prepare in the case of emergencies. You also need the insurance and any land use permissions. Overall, it is a good exercise anyways, since what is required for the SFOC should be what you are doing for safe UAS operations anyways.

Comment by Douglas D. on February 22, 2012 at 11:43am

@Stephen Could you point me in the correct direction for this(SFOC) licence? google no help

Comment by Ellison Chan on February 22, 2012 at 11:48am

I posted the link a few message back.

Here it is again, here.

Comment by Douglas D. on February 22, 2012 at 11:51am

Thank you Ellison...but I'm not sure this will do anything for me here in the states.


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