Pressure builds for civilian drone flights in the USA

http://news.yahoo.com/pressure-builds-civilian-drone-flights-home-150120049.html

Heads up: Drones are going mainstream.

Civilian cousins of the unmanned military aircraft that have tracked and killed terrorists in the Middle East and Asia are in demand by police departments, border patrols, power companies, news organizations and others wanting a bird’s-eye view that’s too impractical or dangerous for conventional planes or helicopters to get.

Along with the enthusiasm, there are qualms.

Drones overhead could invade people’s privacy. The government worries they could collide with passenger planes or come crashing down to the ground, concerns that have slowed more widespread adoption of the technology.

Despite that, pressure is building to give drones the same access as manned aircraft to the sky at home.

“It’s going to be the next big revolution in aviation. It’s coming,” says Dan Elwell, the Aerospace Industries Association’s vice president for civil aviation.

Some impetus comes from the military, which will bring home drones from Afghanistan and wants room to test and use them. In December, Congress gave the Federal Aviation Administration six months to pick half a dozen sites around the country where the military and others can fly unmanned aircraft in the vicinity of regular air traffic, with the aim of demonstrating they’re safe.

The Defense Department says the demand for drones and their expanding missions requires routine and unfettered access to domestic airspace, including around airports and cities. In a report last October, the Pentagon called for flights first by small drones both solo and in groups, day and night, expanding over several years. Flights by large and medium-sized drones would follow in the latter half of this decade.

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what about “pressure builds to stop all drone flights in the USA?”..wouldnt that be a better headline?..no..they are almost proud of what they are doing..

401

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4 Responses to “Pressure builds for civilian drone flights in the USA”

  1. http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2012/02/printing-drones-by-the-sheet.html

    • wow..

      “The FAA currently estimates that there will be 30,000 drones licensed to operate in US skies by 2020. It’s a misleading estimate.

      Why?

      It only counts large, professional drones (and even that estimate is low). It doesn’t count all of the small/micro drones operating below ~400ft and at slower airspeeds. How many micro-drones will there be by 2020?

      Tens of millions (tens of billions if there is warfare or repression driving it — and given the problems we are facing, there will be) “

  2. Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

    The time to move may well be coming.

    http://www.jsmineset.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/clip_image00241.jpg

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