ISSUES: Did FAA regulations unduly restrict important uses for small drones?

Letecka_fotografie_z_modelu_FPV_foto_Vit_Svajcr_00The following was written in 2015 when the government was introducing regulations for the operation of drones. 
How has that impacted the use of these devices in 2021?
 It’s been many. many years ago now, but one of the big issues about my work in the Bay of Fundy was how to efficiently survey the shores of an area in a manner that could be used to provide accurate data on biodiversity, ecological changes and so on.
In those days you walked, boated or swam to your destination, recorded with a still cameras and wrote the information on a waterproof form on your trusty clipboard. It took time … lots of time! So we tried cameras on model planes, balloons … anything we could think of to get up in the air and cover lots of distance efficiently. Mostly we got really rough information that was not of much use and some really great crash sequences!
But now we have drones and the videos I have seen are truly awesome. This is the way to proceed with any survey work and I am sure techniques will evolve that will allow for accurate interpretation of ecological data.
While placing some legal oversight on drone use makes a lot of sense, our hope is that regulations will not restrict legitimate use like biological and other investigative surveys.
That’s how I see things this morning
Art MacKay
FAA mandates owners register drones by early next year |

Federal regulators passed a rule Monday requiring all owners of drones to register with the Federal Aviation Administration by Feb. 19, 2016.

The registration for small, unmanned aircraft is part of recommendations a FAA task force presented in November. The rule applies to owners of unmanned aircraft weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds, according to a press release from the FAA.

“Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast(s) are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in the release. “Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely.”

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