Monday, June 2, 2014

Proved the US Government Is Making Up Drone Rules On the Fly

Source: VICE Motherboard

The video the church put together for the canonization of former Pope John Paul II is slick and features some nice footage of the National Shrine in Washington, DC. 
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That last bit should give you pause though: You’re not allowed to fly anything, not even toy airplanes, in Washington DC.
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the FAA told the Washington Post that the drone flight sounded like “an unusual situation.
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They’re not really a commercial entity per se, but neither are they a private entity.” the FAA appears not to care that this happened. And that’s the problem, kind of.
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It is picking and choosing cases, seemingly at random, to make a big fuss about. It is completely ignoring others.
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Until you make actual rules about what people can and cannot do, they can do anything.
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Drone Pilots Ignore Its Own Cease-And-Desist Orders

Source: VICE Motherboard

The agency refused a request from Texas EquuSearch, a nonprofit search-and-rescue group, to stay an order demanding that the group not use drones, based entirely on the idea that its first cease-and-desist order was not an "order."

But, as appears to increasingly be the case, the agency's latest actions have far-reaching ramifications. With the move, the agency just suggested that most, if not all, of the cease-and-desist notices it has sent to commercial drone operators are not actually orders.