A lot of tech titans invested in drone technology, a lot of drone manufacturers came up with new models sporting spectacular features and a lot of people buy drones as the ultimate hi – tech toys that they are.
But no matter how excited you are to have your own flying buzzard and no matter how scared you are to not fall the victim of the Big Brother With Lethal Weapon type of drone, the facts are clear and simple: drones laws and regulations are in the pocket of the Federal Aviation Administration and the institution doesn’t hurry up in legalizing them.
There are a lot of documented cases involving the FAA’s ban of drones use and fining the users, but there is little progress in designing a legal framework for people and companies to actually use drones to their full (peaceful) potential in the United States. According to the FAA, quoted by tech columnists,
Drones are aircraft, and for commercial use an aircraft must be certified and under the control of a certified pilot. That’s even if the drone flies no higher than 400 feet, the ceiling of the uncontrolled altitude the FAA calls “Class G airspace.”
On the other hand, time is ticking away, as by September 30, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration has to liberalize drones restrictions, as it was decided by the Congress two years ago.
The basic problem related to the drones is that many people can actually get their hands on them at affordable prices and use them less for the greater good of mankind. The invasion of privacy and the annoyance the drones can produce if manipulated with nefarious purposes is the biggest fear of everybody.
While drone manufacturers and companies using the buzzards for commercial, rescue or documentation purposes all swear to respect the drones laws and regulations, individuals may push things to unthinkable results. It is enough that we are already witnessing social tensions related to the Google Glass wearers.
On the other hand, the use of drones in remote and dangerous places proved its worth a dozen times by now, so the question is how will the FAA write the drone laws in order to please everybody?
We have to give credit to Rob Pegoraro, a tech journalist that made a very smart point:
The FAA can and should write some basic rules for commercial drone use, and it shouldn’t hesitate to make an example out of people who act like idiots. But we’re talking about things you can buy for $100 on the Internet. At some point, we may just have to count on most people not acting like idiots.