|Charging my drone via USB|
Resolution: I shall fly my drone under the guidelines the FAA has set down for remote control aircraft. Those guidelines are generally as follows: a pilot may not fly above 400 feet, over populated areas, or near airports. A pilot may not fly beyond his range of sight, or without manual control.
My drone is technically a microdrone.
The FAA has specifically invited comment on the desirability of segmenting the broad category of sUAS ranging from 0 to 55 pounds into subcategories (or “groups”) based on vehicle weight and performance characteristics. Indeed, the NPRM provides a fair amount of detail on what the regulatory category for "micro-sUAS” might look like—less than 4.4 pounds, below 400 feet above the ground, within an operator's line of sight, with flights over people permitted, and operators allowed to self-certify rather than being tested.
These microdrones, including the DJI Phantom and Inspire and the 3Drobotics IRIS+, can perform quite useful newsgathering functions.
An optimistic view for newsgathering. (extensive coverage available via Drone Journalism Lab)
I have applied to join The Professional Society of Drone Journalists, since I will be employing the M62 for photographic purposes.
Under the optimistic scenario, the FAA would promulgate a final rule for micro-sUAS six months from the end of the comment period, or by the end of October, 2015. It persuasively could justify going ahead with the microdrone rule pretty much as proposed while it works longer on crafting technology requirements and practical test requirements for the medium and large categories. There is considerable persuasive force favoring such additional requirements for larger vehicles.
Moreover, the micro category is the brainchild of the UAV America Fund, which is ably represented by Brendan Schulman of the New York law firm of Kramer Levin--probably the most successful lawyer in the drone space,
A micro-sUAS rule, as proposed, wold provide plenty of room for ENG operations. Vehicles below eight--and even the proposed four--pounds carry good cameras and gimbals and come with sophisticated control systems right out of the box. Some of them include two control stations, one for the drone operator (DROP) and one for the photographer. Journalism organizations almost certainly will want to use both a DROP and a photographer. If one person tries to fly the drone and also operate the camera, he can do neither well.
The global commercial drone industry stands to grow from about $60.5 million last year to $1.1 billion by 2023, according to Phil Finnegan, an analyst at aerospace research firm Teal Group. In the U.s., final FAA rules governing drones and quadcopters are likely two to three years away.
Forbes reports that although the drone business is booming, it only accounts for 0.3 percent of the global arms trade. Between 2010 and 2014, 35 different countries across the world imported UAV systems, with the total number of drones shipped reaching 439. A mere 11 of those were armed.
Forbes says the 11 armed UAVs were exported by the U.S. and China - the U.S. supplied six MQ-9 Reapers to the United Kingdom for use in Afghanistan while China exported the other five to Nigeria to boost its efforts fighting Boko-Haram.
The market for armed drones is set to increase in size after the U.S. recently announced it will begin selling armed Predator and Reaper drones to more friendly and allied nations.
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