Category: Policy

Many #quadcopter #FPV television video transmitters are not legal #drones

Anyone who has looked anywhere online – Youtube videos or just perusing online stores for model aircraft parts – has seen devices for sending video signals from a model aircraft. Most of the ones I see are not legal and do not comply with FCC rules in the U.S. Many, if not most, of the devices that advertise “500mw” or “800mw” or “1200mw” and so on, are not legal devices, as used by most FPV...

FAA restrictions may make flying difficult or impossible for many #drones #quadcopters

We have been looking at different areas around the western U.S. for possible relocation and retirement. Looking at Walla Walla, WA, I was surprised to see this large restricted area around the Walla Walla Regional Airport, extending from the surface upwards, and about 7.4 miles southwest to 13.4 miles northeast of the airport and for about 4.4 miles either side of the airport – and astounding 183 square miles of controlled airspace over a rural...

Consumer #quadcopters seen as a National Security Threat #Drones #Drone

Authorities seek authorization for government agencies (including local police) to electronically disable quadcopters, potentially shooting them down electronically or kinetically. Source: Security Experts Say Drones Pose a National Security Threat | Time In their scenarios, quadcopters are just a way to drop explosives (tiny ones!) and spray chemicals and bio-terror weapons. Prediction of what will gradually happen: A Federal license will eventually be required to fly a radio control model aircraft anywhere except an AMA-...

UK Parliament to consider new #drone laws, today #drones #quadcopters

Existing 400 foot height restriction applied to drones weighing 250g to 7 kg (note the odd use of both English and Metric measures!) 1 km exclusion zone around all certified aerodromes/airports (but not private strips) Require registering with the Civil Aviation Authority Pass an online test Source: New UK drone laws are on the way – but actual Drones Bill still in limbo • The Register On YouTube we can easily find numerous videos in...

Commercial #Drone Alliance (Google, Amazon, CNN, etc) asks Congress to require all hobby Radio Control aircraft operators to be Federally licensed, have transponders on models #Drones

Source: COMMERCIAL DRONE ALLIANCE CALLS FOR CONGRESS TO REPEAL SECTION 336 OF THE FAA MODERNIZATION AND REFORM ACT OF 2012 — Commercial Drone Alliance To put this in a different context, this is like requiring a Federal license to operate a Wi-Fi transmitter in your tablet or notebook computer.  In the US, manned ultralight aircraft fly – license free – under FAA Part 103 rules. Not everything needs to be Federally licensed. Not including study...

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80% of VC money goes to just 3 states

A whopping 80 percent of all venture capital investment goes to just three states. That has to change. – Recode VCs discriminate against women: Just 2.19% of total VC money went to female-founded startups in 2016. VCs discrimate against anyone over age 30 and especially over age 40 Meanwhile, Facebook spies on everyone and uses that data to propagandize us with messaging designed to control our minds. The tech industry is looking pretty damned awful...

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Loyalty Cards are used to spy on  your purchases, and not just with the vendor

The story of how that Sudafed ad got to me begins at Walgreens. As I bought tissues and Afrin, I keyed in my phone number so I could get loyalty points. Source: Facebook Really Is Spying on You, Just Not Through Your Phone’s Mic – WSJ Stores use your loyalty card to identify you and all of your purchases. Your purchase transactions are then sold to other marketing companies. This data, in turn, can and...

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