Schulman wrote that, “having been caught trying to enforce the unenforceable, the FAA resorts to an absurd post hoc interpretation of the definition of ‘aircraft.’ All of these strained efforts are undertaken for a single purpose: to obscure the agency’s decade-long delay in issuing proposed unmanned aircraft regulations pursuant to the required notice and comment process required.”
The New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, and other major news companies come out in favor of using drones to gather news.
Read the summary, and read the brief.
April 15, 2014 at 3:20pm
You can’t watch this video without seeing the potential to tell stories in ways we couldn’t without small UAVs to get perspectives. The video was shot by Ben Kreimer using a DJI Phantom.
April 14, 2014 at 12:29pm
A follow-up on the drone-injures-athlete story from Australia
If you didn’t hear, a small camera drone crashed into an athlete at a triathlon in Australia. The operator claims it was hacked. The Australian civil aviation authority, CASA is investigating.
But one thing to note here: The list of CASA approved drone operators is public. Missing from that list: New Era Ag Tech, the owner of the drone.
Warren Abrams, the owner of New Era Ag Tech, told Australia’s Fairfax Media that he held a license to fly, but would not say whether his company had one.
Licensing, and people who choose to ignore licensing, will be a major issue in the coming years across the globe.
April 8, 2014 at 10:37pm
This week we learned of two new FAA actions against domestic operators of what are popularly called “drones” and what the FAA calls “unmanned aircraft systems” (UAS). In one case, the FAA has claimed that it is illegal for volunteers to use radio controlled model aircraft to search for missing […]
A Texas group that searches for missing people is fighting an FAA order to stop using drones for its searches, adding a new challenge to the agency’s authority to prohibit drones in the U.S.
More pushback against the FAA.
Drone, meet rhino. Rhino, meet drone. Drone Journalism Lab researcher Ben Kreimer has been in Kenya working with the African Sky Cam project. Here’s a little preview of what he saw.
The “mysterious flying object” that recently crashed on a Naivasha farm last week was a hexacopter remote control aircraft. Without talking to the operator it’s impossible to determine what caused the crash, but it’s likely that the aircraft ran out of battery power, resulting in a fall, or went out of control when it lost connection with the remote control transmitter.
Drone Lab all-star Ben Kreimer is in Africa doing drone journalism with The Star in Nairobi. Here he writes about why drones will be useful in Africa … and why people need to be careful.
New Yorkers were shocked on Wednesday morning when reports of a building collapse in Harlem hit the wires. It didn’t take long for smartphone cameras to fill up everyone’s social media feeds. But wait. In that oneâ¦ Is thatâ¦ a drone? (Update: Yep! It’s some random guy’s DJI Phantom 2.)
This is going to keep happening, and it’s going to get worse, and I fear something bad is going to happen, as long as there aren’t regulations in place. Clear, unambiguous regulations that allow for commercial use while balancing privacy and safety concerns.
Quad-copter drone equipped with GoPro camera provides a different perspective for story telling, school’s promo video
More high school kids getting in on the action.