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FAA outlines new rules for drones and their operators

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  1. RodneyFarva

    RodneyFarva Get off my lawn!

    In a completely unrelated story check out my new scarecrow for my garden. skj67ipbn6z41.jpg

    WASHINGTON —

    Federal officials say they will allow operators to fly small drones over people and at night, potentially giving a boost to commercial use of the machines.

    Most drones will need to be equipped so they can be identified remotely by law enforcement officials.
    The final rules announced Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration “get us closer to the day when we will more routinely see drone operations such as the delivery of packages,” said FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson.

    Drones are the fastest-growing segment in all of transportation, with more than 1.7 million under registration, according to the Transportation Department.

    However, the widespread commercial use of the machines has developed far more slowly than many advocates expected. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos once predicted that his company would use drones to deliver goods to customers’ doorsteps within five years, but that prediction is already off by two years.
    There have been several tests and limited uses. United Parcel Service said last year that it received approval to operate a nationwide fleet of drones and has already made hundreds of deliveries on a hospital campus in North Carolina.

    Also last year, Google sister company Wing Aviation won FAA approval for commercial drone flights in a corner of Virginia.

    And this past August, Amazon got similar FAA approval to deliver packages by drones. The company is still testing the service and hasn’t said when shoppers will see deliveries.

    For drone supporters impatient with the pace of adoption, regulatory hurdles are a leading complaint. Currently, operators who want to fly a drone over people or at night need a waiver from the FAA.

    The new rules will require that drones used at night include flashing lights that can be seen up to three miles away. Operators will need special training. Small drones flying over people cannot have rotating parts capable of cutting skin.

    The rules covering flights over people and at night will take effect in about two months. They finalize proposed rules issued last year.
     
  2. Goose

    Goose The list is long but distinguished. Staff Member

    Ooh. Is that a 20mm scarecrow??
     
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  3. mpd61

    mpd61 Retired Fed, Active Special

    Beautiful man
     
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  4. Kilvinsky

    Kilvinsky I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.

  5. CCCSD

    CCCSD MassCops Member

    As long as we can kill them when they are used to stalk, vex, harass, annoy...
     
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  6. RodneyFarva

    RodneyFarva Get off my lawn!

    Yes I went with the Armor-piercing tungsten penetrator rounds with discarding sabots. Its was the only one left at home depot.
     
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  7. CCCSD

    CCCSD MassCops Member

    But does it have a brain..?
     
  8. Kilvinsky

    Kilvinsky I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.

    Surface to air missiles.
     
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  9. mpd61

    mpd61 Retired Fed, Active Special

    Just wondering if NFWS will allow the use of lead shot on drones, or if we're going to have to use steel, bismuth, etc.....
     
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  10. Goose

    Goose The list is long but distinguished. Staff Member

    Taser XREP...

     
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  11. Kilvinsky

    Kilvinsky I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.

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