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HEXACOPTERS and the LAW
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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26 Feb 2012 18:53
Pilots are better than drones, and need jobs.
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.
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
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!
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:
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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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. :)
28 Feb 2012 16:42
28 Feb 2012 18:01
@wideweb shortest comment yet.
28 Feb 2012 19:28
28 Feb 2012 21:58
I did not know these things where getting so advanced.:
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29 Feb 2012 00:35
Hey Andy, What I was trying to say is it's all politics and nothing as photographers we should even be concerned about. Does anyone really think the government will come after a P5 artists for using a helicopter or airplane to shoot stock footage. It's all a political joke with no substance as far as stock shooting is concerned. It might as well be a rant and rave since some get so excited about privacy and how restrictions will hurt us as photographers ... all hot air and if it's real, there is nothing a discussion on P5 can make any difference. Get the hexicopters and have fun shooting. Just don't be stupid and do it in the middle of a big city where you can damage or injure someone.
For companies that are trying to get in the big money business of playing spies the drone restrictions may be a problem. It's all a money issue and us shooting stock ... I would not worry.
Since using drones for stock footage is a meaningless discuss I brought in the border since that does cost all of us tax money on worthless drone support. Just trying to show how dumb this discussion of future restrictions to our work is ;)
29 Feb 2012 00:38
Luxor that is a great video, it is amazing indeed.
29 Feb 2012 06:50
Luxor, the wars of the future look very scary. Not only these little creatures are controlled by a central computer, they also negotiate the right of way between themselves. Imagine such a fleet equipped with death rays enters a house - this is a real nightmare. They will be disposable. Can someone think of a civil use for a fleet of nanocopters?
29 Feb 2012 18:18
I am going to patent a "nanocopter shotgun". hehehehe
Nanocopter's with Zappers for home protection.....
29 Feb 2012 23:24
what a neat way to spray biological weapons ;)
1 Mar 2012 03:48
They may well burst into your bedroom and zap you with death rays but they're also pretty cool musicians! :P
James Bond Theme PLaying Nano Death Quadcopters!
1 Mar 2012 10:16
This is crazy. A little scary too, but awesome, thanks for sharing!
19 Mar 2012 22:34
A new use for the drones...
Essentially Pirate bay the torrent link site is planning to use drones to host their website, in international waters, out of the reach of copyright crusaders. They are taking the whole pirate thing seriously.
23 Apr 2012 20:17
Just saw in the news a full human size hexacopter for one passenger being developed in Germany by an enterpreneur. 1 hour of flight.
2 May 2012 00:04
An interview with a US based company that is in the know.
9 May 2012 19:39
2 Jun 2012 17:34
Texans don't like hexacopters - LOL:
28 Aug 2012 00:55
GUN AND CAMERA
IN A QUADRACOPTER AND THIS IS WHAT YOU GET:
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9 Oct 2012 01:00
news article (from oz)
Looks at the law lagging behind the explosion of drones being used, especially for commercial use.