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Who wants to bet this was Amazons doing?
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Keep these toys out of my airspace, RC pilots aren't the ones with their lives on the line. A collision for them constitutes an expensive respawn, for us pilots it constitutes a potentially deadly emergency.

This.

As much as this sounds great in an ideal world where everything works like it should and like clockwork, I can see this causing major havok and injuries.

Imagine if everybody had an RC plane and decided to fly it in their neighbourhood just like that, over people, houses, cars, etc. One of these things falling from the skies at terminal velocity (intentionally or due to failure) can cause fatalities and major destruction. Imagine you're sleeping at night and one comes crashing down through the roof right into your bed. And given the small size of these things, even in broad daylight, you may not even see it coming.

We already have planes, and that is already a carefully considered scenario with planned routes and highly skilled professionals. Adding drones in the mix will at the very least statistically raise the fatality and damage rate caused by flying objects, even more when you consider that drones like these fly lower than planes, so any intentional wrongdoing is at the reach of more people. And then there's helicopters, I don't even want to imagine how helicopter pilots feel about this.


Sorry, I just can't see anything good coming from this.
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Keep these toys out of my airspace, RC pilots aren't the ones with their lives on the line. A collision for them constitutes an expensive respawn, for us pilots it constitutes a potentially deadly emergency.

You guys fly ~20ft or so above ground level?

Low flying aircraft aren't supposed to fly below 500ft. I highly doubt any commercial drone in the nation will (or even can) go that high.

Yes, sure. There's always the risk of a drone failing, falling out of the sky, and landing on someone's head. There's also the risk of any everyday airline jet spiraling down in flames into downtown. I'm sure commercial regulations will require some sort of backup safety system to reduce these incidents (much like they do for actual aircraft...)
Edited by Stealth Pyros - 3/7/14 at 12:00pm
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Originally Posted by tpi2007 View Post

This.

As much as this sounds great in an ideal world where everything works like it should and like clockwork, I can see this causing major havok and injuries.

Imagine if everybody had an RC plane and decided to fly it in their neighbourhood just like that, over people, houses, cars, etc. One of these things falling from the skies at terminal velocity (intentionally or due to failure) can cause fatalities and major destruction. Imagine you're sleeping at night and one comes crashing down through the roof right into your bed. And given the small size of these things, even in broad daylight, you may not even see it coming.

We already have planes, and that is already a carefully considered scenario with planned routes and highly skilled professionals. Adding drones in the mix will at the very least statistically raise the fatality and damage rate caused by flying objects, even more when you consider that drones like these fly lower than planes, so any intentional wrongdoing is at the reach of more people. And then there's helicopters, I don't even want to imagine how helicopter pilots feel about this.


Sorry, I just can't see anything good coming from this.

Hey tpi, congrats on the green smile.gif

I think this is the future. Drones are here to stay. Do expect lots of legal licensing to follow. It can be done safely. Perhaps it will be piloted airplanes which will go by way of the dinosaur, or just end up further restricted.
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I already use my RC helicopter, fitted with a camera, to spy on my neighbor. Since I have an LLC, at least now, the cops will stop showing up.
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"As of right now it’s perfectly legal to operate a drone for commercial reasons. That’s according to a federal judge, in a ruling that notes the Federal Aviation Administration has not made any legally binding rules against the practice."



Source







My idea: Make a worldwide standard for a landing pad, set it's exact GPS coordinates, order your stuff, it's set down on your pad when it's ready and the pad sends you a text. thumb.gif
Pizza anyone? tongue.gif

Would we still have to tip if this came true?
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Originally Posted by damric View Post

Hey tpi, congrats on the green smile.gif

I think this is the future. Drones are here to stay. Do expect lots of legal licensing to follow. It can be done safely. Perhaps it will be piloted airplanes which will go by way of the dinosaur, or just end up further restricted.

Thanks! smile.gif

Perhaps for some uses, but imagine Amazon and Newegg doing this.

In the case of planes there is lots of regulation, planned routes and a plane flies many people and / or cargo at the same time, meaning that oversight is economically feasible.

Now a drone carrying moderately valued packages to consumers would need the same kind of expensive oversight, except you'd have many of those flying around from different companies, multiplying the expenses of managing that they don't crash into each other and then onto whatever lies below.

And then there is the fact that airplanes go from one airport to another, commercial drones like Amazon's and Newegg's would fly to people's homes, meaning that not only would they be all over the place in terms of routes, but they would be flying at low altitude in residential areas all the time. That is a major security problem to tackle. Not to mention the noise, imagine all these companies with drones landing and taking off from people's homes, it would be like having an urban mosquito invasion.
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Thanks!

Perhaps for some uses, but imagine Amazon and Newegg doing this.

In the case of planes there is lots of regulation, planned routes and a plane flies many people and / or cargo at the same time, meaning that oversight is economically feasible.

Now a drone carrying moderately valued packages to consumers would need the same kind of expensive oversight, except you'd have many of those flying around from different companies, multiplying the expenses of managing that they don't crash into each other and then onto whatever lies below.

And then there is the fact that airplanes go from one airport to another, commercial drones like Amazon's and Newegg's would fly to people's homes, meaning that not only would they be all over the place in terms of routes, but they would be flying at low altitude in residential zones all the time. That is a major security problem to tackle. Not to mention the noise, imagine all these companies with drones landing and taking off from people's homes, it would be like having an urban mosquito invasion.

I'll take a mechanical mosquito invasion if it reduces automobile traffic on roads. I'm sure that there will be many laws and insurance requirements to regulate all of this. We live in the "I want it NOW" culture, and I don't see that changing.
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Would we still have to tip if this came true?

I'd say it would be included in the price, like a delivery fee. smile.gif
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I'm sure you could also pay the drone directly by just scanning something. I guess the thing to worry about would be "unsolicited door to door drones" like "salesman drones" and "bible thumper drones" biggrin.gif
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