posted on Jun, 21 2014 @ 12:31 AM
Here, I cannot blame the government for this action, and actually I think it is quite appropriate. There are no real certifications for the safety of
drones, and not only does this represent all sorts of liability problems, they can cause harm to the environments and the animals that live there.
A drone out of control, can slice into a crowd and cut people very badly. Most consumer bought/built drones have no prop shields to prevent the end
of the blade from hitting something. Additionally, most drones use Lithium Polymer batteries. These are relatively safe unless they get a dead short,
then they will catch fire and probably explode. They need to be doubly fused so they can be tripped on command (from the autopilot CPU) , as well as
if they indeed encounter a dead short, like in a crash.
As consumer drones advance in technology, these features, and many more will make them safer and some day they will probably lift this ban, but not
yet. I love these machines, and fly them myself, but I realize that there will indeed be a certification program for them, most likely in the works
One only has to review the major forest fires of the past few years in the west and mid-west. We do not need another method for them to get started
at this juncture. The hardware and software that operate them has the ability to take evasive action in case the machine senses that it is having
trouble staying airborne. The better one's will return home if they lose radio contact, or know that they have only enough power left to make it
back. If they are free-falling, they can shut down the propellers, and some can even deploy an emergency parachute as well.
These advances will be considered mandatory in the future, and there will be a certification program that will permit them to fly in many environments
as long as they are met. This is the only way they will be allowed to fly anywhere, soon.