DailyDirt: Playing Nice With Others, While Piloting Drones

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Drones are becoming more common and more useful all the time, and at the same time, these devices are also getting to be more of a nuisance/threat for air traffic and important (sometimes life-saving) activities. Firefighters in helicopters are grounded when drones could potentially interfere with their work because it's a safety hazard to the helicopter and its passengers. The FAA hasn't yet come up with a complete set of drone-specific regulations, so for now, there's a bit of legal limbo and some strange rules to follow that don't always make sense. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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    Dr evil, 2 Sep 2015 @ 7:00pm

    Kinda stupid

    Still, grounding planes and helos for the average tiny drone is ill advised and the threats of charging pilots of drones with murder, etc, seems petty and like grandstanding at the same time. Except for ingesting one in an engine - birds just as likely - any collision = broken drone.

    Just MHO

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    Scote, 2 Sep 2015 @ 7:51pm

    "The education isn't totally useless, but perhaps more drone-specific requirements would make more sense in the future."

    The license requirement for tiny R/C "drones" is ridiculous given that no license is needed for *manned* piloting of powered ultralights weighing *hundreds* of pounds.

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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Sep 2015 @ 9:58pm

    Can't help feeling drones are the new ufos

    For all the supposed drones affecting firefighters and police, where is the footage showing how close drones were getting?

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    Charles Farley, 2 Sep 2015 @ 11:50pm

    A remote control plane != drone

    Wait a second. The PowerUp 3.0 is considered a drone? Why so? It's effectively a remote control plane - sure, the remote control is your cellphone, but it doesn't have a camera or, last time I flew mine, an autonomous flight mode.

    Is the US sufficiently screwed up that you require a pilots license to fly a remote control toy? Oh, wait, I think the question provided the answer >.>

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