Two signs that drones are still in demand and that their popularity continues to soar.
First, sales of drones are still on the upsurge, higher than sales of last year.
U.S. drone sales have more than doubled between February 2016 and February 2017, according to new data released today from NPD group. Customers may shy away from a high price tag. In the first two months of 2017, drones that cost over $300 accounted for less than half — 40 percent — of units sold. – Read more at:
Then there are drone events here and there, among the recent ones was the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-in and Expo.
On the sixth and final day of Sun ’n Fun International Fly-in and Expo, it was perhaps fitting to consider the future of aviation — the unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone. Perhaps that future has already arrived. “There are more FAA registered drones in this country than aircraft,” said Tony Reynolds, a Sun ’n Fun volunteer who showed more than 500 people how to operate the small flying vehicles at the Drone Zone, a large tent used for the demonstrations so that they didn’t interfere with the traditional aircraft buzzing overhead.– Read more at:
At the same time though, challenges still continue to hound the industry, notably the mishandling of drones by their operators. And so drone mishaps or near encounters with commercial aircraft are still of grave concern.
Aviation authorities are investigating claims a drone came dangerously close to a Singapore Airlines plane as it flew above the Swan River. The airline had been holding a competition for the best photo of the special Perth flyover, but there are concerns some people went too far. – Read more at:
Then there is the growing threat of consumer drones being utilized by terrorists.
Over the last six months, ISIS has increased its use of weaponized and surveillance drones against Iraqi and U.S. forces. U.S. Central Command told Fox News coalition troops have as many as 30 encounters a week with unmanned aerial vehicles. These drones are inexpensive ones modified to drop grenades or to surveil troop movements. – Read more at:
Meanwhile, those providing drone photography services, as well as anyone flying a drone to capture great footage for fun, should at all times pay heed to safety rules and regulations, and respect the privacy of others.
With the use of drones, anyone can photograph almost anything, but there should be guidelines to follow as to what can or cannot be photographed by drones, as this article discusses.
[…] there is no such code of conduct for the growing number of private and commercial entities that use drones, including news outlets, which are resisting even non-binding guidelines that might restrict access to the air. Here’s why we need such guidelines: Legal scholars argue that airspace is neither wholly private nor wholly public, but something in between. By resisting any privacy safeguards in this nebulous space, media organizations and their representatives may be facilitating massive violations of privacy by large corporations under the guise of protecting free speech.
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