Friday, April 10, 2015

Not a DRONE!

I have long been a proponent of the term “Words Mean Things!”

That is not to say that I am a master word smith, but I believe that certain people tend to use words to evoke fear and other emotions to promote their cause.

My new cause is the Quadcopter platform for photography and video! You may call them “Drones” but I’d prefer that you didn’t!

In my mind, Civilians have no need or right to operate a “Drone.” In my mind, a “Drone” is a military aircraft operated from the ground. It is used for surveillance and to engage dangerous targets without risking a pilots life.

Unfortunately, the quadcopter industry has picked up on the term and run with it. They must believe that the marketing is worth more than the damage that is done to our freedoms.

As long as we call these things drones, we will have more than a few people ready to stop us from flying them!

Today’s high-tech quadcopter is no more of a military style drone than the old RC planes that many of us had in the 80’s.

If you attach a weapons system to it, then yeah... It probably warrants a closer look, but I don’t have guns on any of mine, and they are not used for surveillance... except to check on my cows once in a while.

This is an issue of freedom of photography, and as long as you are not using your quadcopter to invade someone’s privacy, then I don’t give a damn what you do with it. I don’t care if you fly it in a national park!

Using a quadcopter to harass wildlife or peek into a window is absolutely unacceptable, but so is throwing rocks. Using some common sense around FAA Controlled airspace is a must!

Obviously,  I don’t think you should fly your quad at DIA, or around the military bases.

That said, as A pilot and a photographer, I would like to be able to work with local aircraft owners and be allowed to shoot photos and video of them landing at our class G airport.

I think that this is another example of a few idiots ruining a hobby for the rest of us!

If you should choose to buy one of these things, use it with some common sense and don’t create problems!

Enjoy this video of a few of our first flights with the DJI Phantom 2+ and have a great weekend!


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