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2012-02-07 Science & Technology
Feds Order FAA To Devise Scheme So That Drones Share Airspace With Aircraft
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Posted by Anonymoose 2012-02-07 07:54|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [435 views ]  Top

#1 Of course, so that "good" people can do "nice" things, in the densely populated airspace over cities.

Not icky things like persistent surveillance looking for anything criminal, potentially criminal, or just not authorized by government; instantly ticketing any driver who violates any of the rules; or other things only a recklessly paranoid, totalitarian, voyeuristic and corrupt government would do.
Posted by Anonymoose 2012-02-07 08:05||   2012-02-07 08:05|| Front Page Top

#2 Hey! That dronecropduster's taking pictures ofdusting crops where there ain't no crops!

--North by Northwest NxNW II
Posted by Eric Jablow  2012-02-07 08:35||   2012-02-07 08:35|| Front Page Top

#3 FEMA regional airspace should be much, much less crowded.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-02-07 11:07||   2012-02-07 11:07|| Front Page Top

#4 Drones do not yet have the situational awareness to mix with VFR traffic. This could get "interesting".
Posted by tipover 2012-02-07 11:20||   2012-02-07 11:20|| Front Page Top

#5 Making 747's share air-space with remote controlled plastic toy planes.

Who has the right of way, genius?
Posted by newc 2012-02-07 11:31||   2012-02-07 11:31|| Front Page Top

#6 TSA is not enough? Do not need you, and more to the point, you are not wanted. Wiseley recommend you take the hint.
Posted by Thrush 5564 2012-02-07 13:06||   2012-02-07 13:06|| Front Page Top

#7 Eric Jablow, you jest, but I'm willing to bet that there is, actually, a viable agricultural drone market, especially for cropdusting. Hell, even for vanilla remote sensing aerial imagery. It's got to be cheaper than operating small planes to do the same thing. They're always in the market for new and more productive means to do that sort of thing.

I'm just not sure whether anyone's come up with drone aircraft large enough to carry a viable UAV air spray rig. But they already automated combines, seeders, and spray trucks about five-six years back - mostly because they wanted equipment which could operate in the dead of night, but still.

Come to think of it, the dead of night's a great time to be cropdusting - winds tend to die down after twilight, which means that you can narrow your buffer zone somewhat.
Posted by Mitch H.  2012-02-07 15:27||  2012-02-07 15:27|| Front Page Top

#8 There is a guy out here who painted a field in a 40mph crosswind, had to pull an Immelmann at one end to avoid power lines.
Posted by swksvolFF 2012-02-07 18:10||   2012-02-07 18:10|| Front Page Top

#9 As far as aerial application the Japanese have been there done that and got the t-shirt.

Posted by Choluse Graling8806 2012-02-07 21:28||   2012-02-07 21:28|| Front Page Top

#10 Of course Yanmar has their verison both use ultra low volume sprayers. These things were built for treating rice paddys.

Posted by Choluse Graling8806 2012-02-07 21:43||   2012-02-07 21:43|| Front Page Top

#11 I don't doubt it, Mitch. I was just reminded of the old Hitchcock line.
Posted by Eric Jablow 2012-02-07 23:43||   2012-02-07 23:43|| Front Page Top

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