10 things UAV / Drone regulators are thinking.
Click this link to view Air-Vid’s “Safety First Checklist”.
The FAA had fined Raphael Pirker, an aerial photographer, $10,000 for operating his Ritewing Zephyr in a reckless manner on the University of Virginia campus in 2011.This ruling handed down in early November 2014 effectively makes UAV flights illegal in the USA. As the UAV community grows and runs into regulatory hurdles perhaps its worth making sure that if you do fly that you do so as an ambassador for the industry. Think safety and think about what your community is concerned about and act accordingly.
Are you taking these points into consideration each time you fly? The following thoughts go through legal regulators minds as they deliberate on UAV use. As UAV operators we are all responsible for helping the public and law enforcement personal understand that UAV’s are safe and the community of operators is responsible and conscientious.
- Safety First!
- Pilot/Crew qualifications, skills, airworthiness of UAV and well defined flight crew roles
- Flight permission requirements and UAV registrations
- Emergency recovery
- Command and control systems are tested and flight-worthy and human/machine interface is clear and minimizes potential for user error
- Detection and avoidance technologies/practices are in place
- Security protection against physical, electronic or cyber-attacks of data and command/control links
- Environmental protection of property, persons and animals
- Privacy and Trespassing will be respected
- Third party liability and insurance is in place and sufficient