from the urls-we-dig-up dept
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.
- The quickest way to get a drone pilot license is to learn how to fly a hot air balloon first? A legal loophole for drone licensing allows aspiring commercial drone operators to satisfy the pilot license requirement with relatively cheap ($5000 or so) lessons for hot air ballooning for just a few weeks. The education isn’t totally useless, but perhaps more drone-specific requirements would make more sense in the future. [url]
- The PowerUp 3.0 paper airplane is the first FAA-approved powered paper airplane to fly commercially in US airspace This is a toy that you can buy now (in our deals store, to help us out), but if you want to use it for commercial purposes, maybe check out some hot air ballooning lessons, too. [url]
- The Los Angeles Police Department was distracted by a hobbyist drone operator while searching for a suspect by helicopter. This hobbyist drone was flown within 50 feet of a LAPD helicopter, and this probably won’t be the last time a drone will clash with police authorities. [url]
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