Drone-ing On

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A few days before Christmas a World Cup slalom ski competition in Italy was racing along quite nicely when a drone, carrying TV equipment through in the air in an attempt to raise the intensity level for the viewing audience, leveled off, fell from the sky and exploded into pieces on a section of slope crossed a micro-second earlier by Austrian ski star Marcel Hirscher.

No sooner had the wreckage of the drone and its camera been scraped off the snow…the International Ski Federation had banned television drones for good.

This whole drone thing perplexes me. I have not been able to figure out in this age of heightened security and concern of terrorism how drones have been readily made available to anyone with little or no regulation. One day Amazon just up and announced delivering packages to people’s properties via drone was not just something for the day we all ride like “The Jetsons” to work…but for the here and now.

That must be one powerful lobby drone-ing on about drones in Washington.

Anyway, we finally appear to be on the road to regulation in the US via a lawsuit filed this month by the owner of a drone who saw his blasted out of the sky by a homeowner in Kentucky last summer. Originally, a judge ruled the homeowner was well within his rights to shoot down the $1,800 aircraft because it was over his property and he had no knowledge of its owner…or its intent.

The Federal Aviation Administration has always said it has sole authority over the national airspace. (They say a lot of things, don’t they?)

Kentucky state law provides for landowners the right to use force if necessary to prevent trespassing on their property.

According to a recent story in USA Today the Supreme Court has not addressed air space issues since 1946 when a North Carolina farmer was ruled able to claim property rights up to eighty-three feet in the air – and get compensated by the military – for aircraft flying so low they were annoying his cows and chickens. (Eighty-three feet is awfully specific…but it’s a start…)

The problem is these drones just showed up and were embraced by a number of groups…including law enforcement…ironically under the premise they would help make all of us “more secure.”

This drone privacy issue is very much up in the air right now but I’ll say this. The fact there is a drone industry and the average man or woman is able to buy one and send it aloft without significant checks and balances is one of the great embarrassments of this so-called Homeland Security effort we allegedly have in place in this country.

Boggs (drone owner) vs. Merideth (“drone slayer” – he calls himself that) will likely be the start of a flight to the Supreme Court…not a minute too soon. Boggs’ lawyer, (in the understatement of the New Year…or any Year for that matter) citing Amazon’s master plan to have drones deliver packages onto people’s lawns…

“If every property owner has a right to take a shot at them that pretty much ends that business model.”

Do you recall the Secret Service recently went on high alert after one guy flew a drone over the White House…while another crash-landed one on that same property owner’s lawn?

What is the world of our nation’s common sense is happening here?

I refuse to drone on because we’ve got a long way to go until this gets settled…and considering the way drones just showed up one day it’s now guaranteed a portion of the populace will steadfastly declare their right to bear drones…oh yeah, we’ll be hearing much more about this going forward.

Fasten your seat beats…it’s going to be a bumpy flight fight.

 

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I'm Bruce. Born, raised and still outside the City of Brotherly Love. Managed (so far) to visit a dozen of our United States and Canada (twice). Addicted from birth to Television/Movies/Sports. Took three years of French and got credit for two of 'em.
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22 Responses to Drone-ing On

  1. spearfruit says:

    I understand the importance of drones in some industries, but put in the hands of the general population and it is going to stirrup a lot of trouble. I do not know how drones can be regulated and that regulation be enforced – time will tell. Thanks Bruce!

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  2. cmblackwood says:

    Hmmm. Creepy! But then, if you thought about it, hardly anything you do nowadays is really “private.” So I diverge into my imaginary make-believe world, and pretend I don’t know anything about it. 🙂

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  3. Laura says:

    I have a family of crows that seem to have taken over my property. I hope they keep the drones away!

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  4. George says:

    I don’t get it either. It’s hard to imagine, with everything going on today, these things are readily available by everyone and accepted as normal business. Of course, something tragic will happen and then everyone will want to take step…after the fact, of course.

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  5. I do not see how the drone delivery is going to be successful and without many problems.
    (For instance: Will drones be exempt from hacking up protected bird species? Or will the operator go to jail. You know it will happen….then there’s cat attacks)
    My neighbor keep crashing his kid’s on his roof. I can only hope some other techie toy grabs people’s attention soon…then we’ll only have to deal with the scary stalkers, peepers, photographers, fed agencies, news media….
    Sling shot. I’,m thinkin’ I was pretty good with a big slingshot and rocks as a kid – before the BB gun/Red “you’ll shoot your eye out ” Rifle.

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    • “A Christmas Story” this coming Holiday may be everyone has one of these drones under their tree if we don’t pump the brakes on this technology as far as anyone and everyone having access to one. The Apple Watch isn’t gonna get this done. I agree we need a new “toy.” If only to save the bird and cat populations…

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  6. Seems like we have no privacy at all any more! Some things from the good old days are pretty good!

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  7. I hate to make light of this issue but I had to giggle at “This drone privacy issue is very much up in the air” but seriously I wondered the same thing, how in the world could this even come into existence. On common sense, there is none, so I suppose this answers the question. Another thought provoking post, thanks Bruce.

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  8. Belinda O says:

    Glad this isn’t my mess to unmuddle! The last thing I’d want is a drone flying over my property, no matter what its reason, because I could never really be sure what was going on, could I? Obviously you could have the same drone with a legitimate purpose together with a less-than honorable one, and where do you draw the line? There’s spying, and there’s gathering demographic data (I can hear the arguments, I’m not making them). Some days I just want to bury my head in the sand.

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    • Belinda, it’s beyond comprehension in this age of concern for all things terrorism we’d just consider this a consumer product which, as we know, has little or no regulation or recognition of its danger until after things start to go wrong with it. Yeah, this is the kind of development that does make you want to bury your head in the sand. Well said!

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  9. Shortly after this post was published NBC reported a Dutch company is currently training eagles to take down drones like they would other birds of prey or rivals. A Dutch counter-terrorist agency is even considering adopting these eagles for use. I for one am ready to give all these drones the bird!

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