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Starting trouble over nothing.

The AMA’s October cover features a replica of a German World War II Messerschmitt Bf 109.  The article is the second of a three-part series the magazine is running on building the replica of the Nazi fighter aircraft. But it is the prominent swastika visible on the tail that has caused an outcry by some members, including some prominent members in the drone community.

Nazis existed.  Showing a symbol is not indicative of support for Nazis.  Pretending that they never existed by erasing history is Nazi-like.  People like this have no problem with applying the name “Nazi” to those they don’t agree with.

Creating controversy like this is nothing but attention-whoring.

Grow up.

The Luddites are at it again. Another “missed boat”.

keepingA Luddite is a person who fears or loathes technology, especially new forms of technology that threaten existing jobs.  Traditional media outlets completely failed to recognize the potential of the World Wide Web and are paying the price for their lack of vision in greatly reduced readership.

Now they’re going to do it again by failing to recognize the value of drones.

A survey of local TV news stations finds that only 16 percent are using drones,  and 59 percent say they have no plans to use drones. The annual survey by the Radio Television Digital News Association with Hofstra University found that out of 100 news directors, only 7.7 percent are working on using drones in reporting the news.

Only 4 percent of small markets are using drones, and the highest use of drones was in the middle sized markets with 21 percent.

Read the full story here.

I’ve heard of some stupid ideas, but this one takes the cake.

Ron-Newburg-1024x768If you’re like many Americans, you are concerned about the lack of privacy when it comes to drones hovering over or around your property. At we’ve created a system that allows drone operators and service providers to conduct normal flight operations while preserving image privacy for property owners and occupants.

Once registered, your property becomes part of our secure database. Our service will create precise coordinates of your location and inform participating drones where aerial privacy is being requested. Drones are able to use our database and processing techniques to redact pictures and video of your property, blocking it from being viewed.

No one, and I mean NO responsible drone operator would ever have a use for this stupid product.  And no irresponsible drone operator would ever install the APP.  It’s just plain stupid.

A drone doesn’t need to be directly over someones house for it’s camera to “see” a property, so what good is the list?

Read the full story here.

Amazon is trying to cut our airspace by 50%!

In deference to the FAA, or in sympathy with the FAA, it turns out that they have a limited ability to regulate amateur drones, but they have full powers to regulate commercial drones. ..that imbalance doesn’t make sense says Paul Misener.

Paul Misener, Vice President for Global Public Policy at Amazon outlined the airspace traffic design that Amazon has proposed to the FAA as a way of separating drones from manned aircraft.  The proposal calls for designating spaces for classes of aircraft: manned aircraft above 500 feet; a no-fly safety buffer between 400 and 500 feet ; and a “transit zone” between 200 and 400 feet where drones could fly horizontally at high speeds. The space below 200 feet would be limited to certain operations such as photography or takeoff and landing operations.

Personally, I don’t see the concept ever taking off anyway.  But the idea that they would propose to take the airspace from millions of taxpaying, American hobbyists to do it is truly offensive.

Read the full Yahoo interview here.


Suing the FAA Over Its New Drone Registration Rules

Last month, the FAA released an “interim final rule” that makes it illegal for anyone to fly a drone without first registering it with the government. That someone decided to sue the agency over it isn’t surprising, because the regulation is controversial for a couple reasons. First, it was implemented on an “emergency” basis with no time for public comment, as is customary with most regulations. Second, the rule may violate the FAA Modernization Act of 2012, a law that notes “the administrator oft he Federal Aviation Administration may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft, or an aircraft being developed as a model aircraft if . . . [the aircraft is] flown strictly for hobby or recreational use.”

Drone Registration

registerNot everyone is crazy about the new requirement by the FAA that hobbyists must register their drones.  Some consider it an invasion of privacy or an unreasonable intrusion of government.

Personally, I don’t have a problem with it.  Thanks to the jackassery of some morons, anti-drone hysteria has led to this.

As far as the regulations themselves are concerned, I think they are reasonable and easily complied with: Registration is tied to the owner and is required only once, not for each drone.  Your drones will need to be marked with your Registration number somewhere easily accessible – the battery compartment for example. Basically, that’s about it.  You must carry your drone registration certificate with you when you are flying your drone. Quick, cheap and easy.


The same kid (Austin Haughwout) who some months back made it big on Youtube by building a drone that fired a handgun has now created one that functions as a flying flamethrower.

While I certainly don’t approve of the sort of things he’s building, kids will be kids, and I don’t have any hostility towards him.

His parents and HobbyLobby?  Well that’s another matter altogether.

As far as the parents are concerned I think it’s irresponsible of them to allow and maybe help or fund this sort of dangerous activity.  No matter what measures they took to insure safety (and apparently they took quite a few) the project still has the potential for disaster.  Life-changing disaster.  And then there’s the problem of putting this concept into the minds of others and even publishing a parts list.  Being capable of doing something, doesn’t justify actually doing that thing.  What’s next?  Dropping bombs?  There are so many other useful innovations which could be created by a kid like this – he should have been encouraged in another direction.