Excuse me but how do we even know this guy was a hobbyist, in fact i could find him, give him a penny for his "work" and he'd suddenly become a
"commercial operator" for which you can see the flakey rules which surround the issue above in my last post. I know about AC 91-57 and I must
ask.... is a UAS truly able to adhere to these rules?
Concerning AC 91-57 couldn't you consider the whole crowd "spectators" (as they were doing just that) because they are somehow different to normal
people in that drones can be flown near them.
The trouble is that the FAA is still having trouble DEFINING a UAS in the first place, how can they possibly have written legislation around something
which remains essentially undefined by themselves beats me.
Furthermore this is an advisory circular from the 80's and I feel it could easily be argued that hobbyist aircraft, in themselves, have moved so far
forwards that the rules are outdated and barely apply.
You source your information well:
Yet only 2 states have legislation prohibiting private usage, and these both seem to concern surveillance issues - I am well aware of ideas and
possible rules (help me with this) about the airspace of private property and capturing images of a certain subject but the particular rules i am
stressing would happen to be about their operation. Even then the exceptions or rather holes in the Texan legislation create a veritable colander
letting nearly all but the most blatantly and clearly nefarious slip away unharmed.
I also need to separate this argument specifically in the way that really I should have made sure you knew I was concentrating on the use of drones in
different spaces - where they are allowed to be / what they are allowed to fly near rather than their surveillance aspect - because this was as the
video specifically raised this as an issue in the video.
I also don't know where lines in America are drawn and how it is done, though personally I would have thought that the surveillance issues you raised
would be dealt with the same way as any surveillance issue - by this I mean does taking video of a person from inside a car make it different to you
being outside the car videoing somebody. Personally I feel the issue with drones and surveillance is a law already covered in the laws dealing with
filming and capturing images and sometimes they won't even apply to drones!
Remember - a UAS doesn't even need a camera to operate in the first place therefore a drone can still be free of the surveillance rules and
completely free of flight regulations too! are you sure that we are talking about cameras on drones or drones themselves, or even the subject as a
I feel that basically there are rules about surveillance some states yet still NO proper rules for drones and definitely nothing properly applicable
about FAA rules which don't concern surveillance.
I will be forward and say that there are no applicable rules (that had been broken) for the use of the drone as shown in the OP's video.......