Los Angeles, CA—Report after report has been broadcast and published by the mainstream media alleging dangerous misconduct committed by people piloting little camera drones.
“Experts” quoted in media reports are constantly citing serious danger and privacy concerns. They all talk about the large number of the sighting reports as a reason to regulate, restrict or otherwise outlaw this new technology.
There is just something really fishy about this propaganda campaign. There is not one reported collision between a single little drone and any aircraft.
Despite the reality that absolutley everyone has a decent cellphone camera in their pocket there is not a single image of a drone even near an aircraft. All we have are unsubstantiated claims from various pilots flying conventional aircraft.
More importantly there is not a single death or serious injury involving a civilian multi-rotor camera drone despite the fact that more than a million of them are in the hands of ordinary civilians. Many of these owners are young teenagers.
As for privacy concerns existing laws allow for the arrest of stalkers, peepers and alike. The use of a drone in no way insulates someone criminally invading privacy. There is not a single case involving these drones resulting in sufficient evidence to bring about and indictment or conviction.
The fact is each and every claim of drone misconduct has been debunked. However new, non-stop phony reports instantly follow the ones that fail.
The late Nazi Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels said it best; “If you tell a lie often enough it becomes the truth.”
The only people cited in any drone incidents were those found flying their drones in areas like national parks that have suddenly banned them. It’s safe to assume that the violator’s were ignorant and unaware of these brand new prohibitions.
The major media honchos have their own issues and conflicts in this dogfight. TV and Newspapers are losing ground to Internet bloggers like me.
I did not have to invest in expensive presses or buy ink by the barrel. For less than $10K I’ve acquired all the TV production equipment necessary to produce quality video news stories and full documentaries.
Now, I even have two camera drones to get the aerial still shots and video I could only dreamed of capturing two years ago. The big media giants no longer have an edge on me! Wow! What raw power!
In the next decade the entire news and entertainment landscape will be Internet based. We will see some the major news providers vanish altogether. It’s all changing by the second!
The only apparent uncertainty is how revenue the will be generated by content providers. One thing for sure the new power of the little camera drones is making a lot of people nervous.
Drone technology is a very serious threat to professional pilots. Not to their safety, but their livelihood. We are close to aircraft that will fly free of pilot error crashes and of course pilots!
Very recent emerging drone technology has made great strides in collision avoidance software. GPS, computer software and imaging hardware will eliminate the need for a large percentage of pilots. Right now there is no love lost between conventional pilots and the burgeoning drone technology.
It was just after the Wright brothers created air travel that the military discovered the value of being able to observe enemy movement from high above. Aerial reconnaissance soon gave way to aerial combat and later bombing missions.
There are those in government that fear the population and never want to see any leading technology in civilian hands. It’s about people control. Our First Amendment already protects newsgathering drone cameras. Is the Second Amendment arms bearing right potentially involved here too?
I recent years during civil disturbances the FAA declared cities or entire regions, No Fly Zones. This was only about keeping newsgathering helicopters grounded. It’s more than obvious that this is to give government absolute power to control and dictate what news is reported.
The whole drone propaganda campaign is not based on public safety or flying Peeping Toms. It’s obviously all about controlling Americans and who can report news.
Fantastic, well said, and absolutely right on. I've said all along that those of us in the drone community would not blatantly risk our investments by acting wrecklessly. Good job on this article. Keep it up.
it's so unfortunate that the government manipulates the media so easily. They don't bother to vet the material they're given!
Don't assume it is just the government manipulating the media. The media love a scare story. Anything to get their ratings up. And if it takes out the competition at the same time...
It might be possible to have some sympathy for the "news" outlets that are being put out of business..... but then they run with stories about an upcoming TV show on their station, the size of Kim Kardashian's butt and a new fast food outlet..... they are more like Entertainment Tonight and Honey Boo Boo than anything to do with news.
Europe, Canada and the rest of the world are far less punitive on drone usage. This commercial ban is victimizing Americans in a horrible economy.
We need to simply ignore the FAA and government. They can't really police our drones anyway.
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