After the the crash of a DJI Drone in the white house, drone makers have decided to start making drones equipped with technology chips to maintain the white house sky area off limits. Even though this technology already exists, to keep drones away from areas like airports and highly guarded places like power plants, the White House must have slipped their mind. Maybe this small incident happen for a reason? To remind drones companies like DJI Parrot and 3dRobotics to remember important government locations like… well the White House.
The First Ever Commercial Drone Approved By FAA
In order to fly the UAVs over North Slope of Alaska, FAA asked AeroVironment and BP for permission on 10th June 2014.
On Sunday, AeroVironment held its first commercial flight. The Puma AE drone flew to carry out survey of BP roads, pipelines, and Prudhoe Bay equipment, which, according to FA, is the largest oil field.
The flight used sensors to perform maintenance activities. FAA believed that it would enhance safety and reliability in the sensitive North Slope environment in addition to saving time.
Rick Scott, Limits the Use of Drones in Florida
On Thursday, Rick Scott, Gov. Florida signed a bill on how to protect the citizens from the use of unwarranted drones in surveillance. There was a need to approve the unwarranted surveillance act before the state and local law enforcement agencies start using the drones.
There were few exceptions in the act including any damage to property or life and any terrorist attack by the Intelligence team of federal Department of Homeland Security,
In regards to the bill passed by the state lawmakers this year, Rick said, “It maintains a balance between the need for law enforcement to protect our citizens against credible threats and imminent danger while ensuring that the privacy of Florida families is protected.” The bill was supported by both conservative Republicans and the American Civil Liberties Union.
FAA Drone Regulations
One of the questions frequently asked to pilots is about the future and drone guidelines of the UAV technology. As the drones are becoming increasingly popular technologies in the skies, there is a necessity to establish the protective legislations that not only protect the users but also other UAVs flying in the designated proximity.
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board recently spotted drone during an investigation. The drone was a few dozen meters from the jets of an Air Canada pilot who was landing at Vancouver International Airport. The aircraft had to undergo strict testing for bird strikes and manufacturers kept pace in order to make it the safest means of travel. Still, a carbon fiber drone, weighing 70 pound, and flying into the engine or windshield of a jet creates huge problems for regulators.
Ever since drones emerged, they have to experience limitations in the operations they perform and where they are operated. Nevertheless, they have potential to contribute greatly to the future of society.
The manufacturers already envisioned some of the amazing as well as fearsome aspects related to the future of drones. These new tasks include the operations with small drones, typically a size of model airplanes. But once the use of such systems becomes common, the ideas for the new areas would start pouring in. Due to extensive spread of visions, people believe organizations like US Federal Aviation Administration should not reveal their views regarding the regulations of ideas.
Among the 21 bills that Paul LePage, Maine Governor vetoed on 9 July, was LD236, an act for the protection of citizens from the unmanned aerial vehicle in domestic uses. The bill was named as “An Act to Protect the Privacy of Citizens from Domestic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Use.” Although LD236 was supposed to go for testing of weaponized UAS from governor’s office according to amendment language, it was rejected.
LePage vetoes were overthrown by the legislature on 10 July. It required a two-thirds vote in both the senate and the house. However, this attempt by the legislature remained unsuccessful.