Part 6: Why should the hobbyist drone user care about regulations pertaining to “commercial” drone flyers?
who knows when FAA will expand the definition of “commercial use” to include
what you are currently doing?
drone community is desperately in need of innovation. We still have drones that don’t fly straight,
fly away out of the control of the user, and just last weekend I personally
witnessed another drone pilot have his $1,300 drone turn upside down and augur
into the ground from 150’ or so feet, destroying the unit.
Wouldn’t it be
nice to have Amazon.com, or Google, or Dominos Pizza pumping major money into R&D to give us all better drones? Is this going to happen with FAA basically
prohibiting all commercial use outside of the arctic? Not in this country. Where will the large companies that would
afford a few million a year for R&D go?
Other countries. If you were
Amazon.com, would you try to develop new drone technology here in the US
(where, my guess is that they could not even test their drones under the FAA rules),
or in Hong Kong, where drone regulations take up a single page of paper and
basically come down to “use common sense”?
The answers to these questions are obvious, and, if this is the future
of drones in the US, will put us in a position where we are playing catch-up
with foreign countries on technology.