LUXORPYRAMID 26 Feb 2012 17:43
    It seams that there is paranoia with the recent news that drones are going to be used in US territory. They are including in this issue the small hexacopters used for aerial photography. Invasion of privacy, menace to air traffic, menace to the people below if they crash are some of the things they are talking about,

    What is the big difference in using a drone instead of a helicopter? "The FAA is investigating whether The Daily, a digital publication of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., used drones without permission to capture aerial footage of floodwaters in North Dakota and Mississippi last year."

    Some helicopters have crashed in the air covering news in California. If they had been drones nobody would have died.

    See the report:
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    SimpleIconic 26 Feb 2012 18:53
    Pilots are better than drones, and need jobs.
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    RekindlePhoto 26 Feb 2012 23:14
    drone are used as a political argument only. The US feels they can deploy them over other countries and think of them more of a satellite than aircraft avoiding sovereign airspace laws. Even idiot politicians believe cameras and drones will help secure our southern border .... why ... to count the illegals and does nothing to secure it. An expensive worthless lobby campaign with no value.
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    vadervideo 27 Feb 2012 16:07
    I read an article back in December from one of the RC Hexacopter/Helicopter rental companies out of California that they literally are grounded for at least a year until the FAA gives clearance again. This is this companies specialty in services/rentals - basically for the US they are out of business for a year. Something serious must have happened that has created this mandate. Here was the article.
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    RekindlePhoto 27 Feb 2012 16:17
    So I guess flying my ultralight powered parachute should be made illegal also. Flies slow (25 mph) and low. Can see anything on the ground around me. People that are so afraid of being seen should go to London UK, ya can't move without being seen by a camera. OR move to the remote mountains away from people and be a hermit. All this privacy talk, everyone wants to be protected but at the same time don't want anyone to see them. Ya can't have it both ways. When they want a helicopter and one isn't available they want to sue the city but if they don't need one and one is there they sue. Idiot people!
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    a178design 27 Feb 2012 23:59
    Im really hoping to get one of these quadcopters, when finances are abundant... ive been keeping track of this for a while, and have a friend who runs a business involved in aerial photography, he has run into legal issues as well, seems they class helicopters and drones and small quadcopters in the same basket.

    TO fly commercially you need to pay for a hefty licence, flying for fun is less of a risk.

    For those interested in this here is a link to a good article:

    Drone journalism
    LUXORPYRAMID 28 Feb 2012 03:04
    I read the drone journalism article.

    Those paparrazi's, peeping tom's, industrial spies, and terrorist are going to ruin the business to aerial stock shooters.

    Will US stock shooters have to wait till 2015, when air space will have to be open for drones?

    European stock shooters will have several years head start over US stock shooters. The film industry and news media should sue the federal government.
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    vadervideo 28 Feb 2012 16:41
    Hey Don, is every topic a "rant and rave" for you? How about some constructive information for a change? It's kinda like orange juice - it does a body good. :)
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    wideweb 28 Feb 2012 16:42
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    jason 28 Feb 2012 18:01
    @wideweb shortest comment yet.