What are some bullet points for DRONE interview.

I am a member of the DC drone user group (200 strong). We are having a fly in this saturday and I will be interviewed by a media person concerning the use of drones. I don't want to mess this up as this is a politically volatile time for drones enthusiasts.  

What talking/bullet points would you include? What are the things that I will kick myself for not including after the interview is done?

• Benefits of drones

• potential good uses of drones

• future of drones


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Comment by The Sun on February 28, 2013 at 10:34am

Ensure that you mention that legislation is already in place to prevent these from being used to infringe upon peoples privacy, and that they will not be used to do so. Educated and well delivered responses to these types of questions are absolutely essential in this, as you said, time of great turmoil and uncertainty.





Comment by LanMark on February 28, 2013 at 11:20am

like Neill said.. I think that you need to make it very clear that UAV/Drones are a very power platform for doing many useful domestic tasks such as vegetation stress analysis, wind turbine inspection, bridge inspections and analysis, search and rescue, etc, etc.   The laws that states are trying to pass already exist through anti spy and privacy laws...  if states want to add more safe guards then strengthen privacy and spying.. not outlaw remote controlled vehicles which have been flying for decades.

I think it is important to stress that we already have laws in place and that the UAV / drone platform can change how we do things like agriculture, inspections and analysis.. all without putting people in harms way (when done right).

Comment by Deon van der Merwe on February 28, 2013 at 11:33am

Small UAVs have an important role to play in precision agriculture, making food production more efficient.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on February 28, 2013 at 11:40am

The #1 thing you should tell them is that they shouldn't be calling them "Drones".  It has strong negative connotations to the wider public, and we want to concentrate on using the technology for the benefit of all people. 

Then watch when the article comes out that they will completely ignore that point.  "Drones" are a hot-button topic in the media.  It's the only reason they're interested in doing the article.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on February 28, 2013 at 11:44am

+1 in America its RPAS and the ones that the police want in service by 2015 are RAPS. Wider civil commercial use is not anticipated before 2020. The RAPS have to prove its safe first.

Comment by Leszek Pawlowicz on February 28, 2013 at 12:02pm

Stress safety - operating under FAA guidelines, away from people and buildings.

Comment by Gary McCray on February 28, 2013 at 12:56pm

RAPS = Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety.

RPAS = Remotely Piloted Air System.

Just in case the sea of acronyms might be a little deep for some of us.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on February 28, 2013 at 1:00pm

Don't worry wait a couple of weeks and somebody will invent a new set. 

Comment by Joshua Ott on February 28, 2013 at 1:37pm

You can mention the fact that our privacy is already an illusion. The spy agencies have declassified their "Stare" camera array tech. Our privacy will be violated by a 100m long helium airship parked in the sky, not by a small multirotor with bright position lights and a company name emblazoned on it. 

The small air-bots all of us are building, will be used for overt daily work.

I like to compare this to operating a backhoe. There is absolutely no concern that backhoe operators will be sneaking around digging giant holes in peoples yards against the property owners will.

Where is the money in that?

This is business for hire, we want to provide a service to property owners and be paid for it.

We are property owners who want to use aerial robotics as a tool to manage our own property.

Aside from paparazzi and private detectives, there is no commercial value in spying on people. Most likely a booming market will form around aerial surveillance counter-measures, employed by celebrities and the like.

Existing harassment and disturbing the peace laws are sufficient to provide recourse against abusers of this tech. 

Comment by Joshua Ott on February 28, 2013 at 1:42pm

Another point that Gary Mortimer is always making-- The rest of the world is leaving the US in the dust with regard to implementing robotic tools into the regulatory framework!

In these economic times that amounts to an absolute failure.


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