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FAA Approves Drone Operations Tests In US Skies

Moves toward 2015 goal of allowing commercial and private unmanned aircraft into civil airspace.

Image: U.S. Navy.  Pictured are (front to back, left to right): RQ-11A Raven, Evolution, Dragon Eye, NASA FLIC, Arcturus T-15, Skylark, Tern, RQ-2B Pioneer, and Neptune.
Image: U.S. Navy. Pictured are (front to back, left to right): RQ-11A Raven, Evolution, Dragon Eye, NASA FLIC, Arcturus T-15, Skylark, Tern, RQ-2B Pioneer, and Neptune.

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WKash
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1/6/2014 | 4:56:33 PM
Re: Target practice
Lorna, I think you're right.  It certainly might give the NRA and gun lobby fresh ammo, pardon the pun, for protecting citizens' rights.  In the meantime, I  think it's time to invest in the next big business in home electronics: Drone Detectors!  And update those threatening "No Trespassing" signs for property owners to include a crossed out image of a drone.  
Lorna Garey
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1/2/2014 | 5:23:39 PM
Target practice
Wow, initiatives in Texas, Alaska, Nevada, Virginia and North Dakota. Anyone care to wager on which state will have some yahoo decide to shoot down a drone in the name of freedom? My money is on Texas.

Seriously, it's only a matter of time. What will be the FAA's response?
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1/2/2014 | 11:26:22 AM
Future of Private Eyes
These FAA-sanctioned tests bring us closer to the day when we can expect a new generation of unmanned aircraft, and surveillance gear, to be hovering overhead.  That raises some interesting legal and ethical questions about the increasing invasion of privacy.  What's to protect the public from the prying eyes of GoPro-enabled drones operated by private detectives or your local cat burglar?

 
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