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Did you know that a bill, HR 658, the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act, has just passed both the House and the Senate that authorizes the use of 30,000 spy drones over America? Like the anti-Posse Comitatus NDAA legislation that passed in November, this bill was not widely reported by the mainstream media.
Think about the enormity of this for a second… 30-THOUSAND drones flying overhead surveilling the US. If you divide that by 50 states, that is 600 drones per state! Most states don’t have even have one-third of that in counties, so 600 drones, or more per state is a bit overwhelming. And considering that some states are very small, such as Rhode Island and Connecticut, it won’t take that many to spy on those diminutive territories, leaving far more drones to cover the larger states.
Another disturbing thought, these drones can remain airborne for up to 50 hours at a time. What perils does this offer for air traffic safety, by adding 30-THOUSAND new aircraft to our skies? The FAA has nine months from the bill’s signing to submit a plan to safely allow access for the drones.
SEC. 332. INTEGRATION OF CIVIL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
INTO NATIONAL AIRSPACE SYSTEM.
(a) REQUIRED PLANNING FOR INTEGRATION.—
(1) COMPREHENSIVE PLAN.—Not later than 270 days after
the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation,
in consultation with representatives of the aviation
industry, Federal agencies that employ unmanned aircraft systems
technology in the national airspace system, and the
unmanned aircraft systems industry, shall develop a comprehensive
plan to safely accelerate the integration of civil
unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system.
Originally posted by Xtrozero
SWEET! I fly drones, so this means job security....
(3) DEADLINE.—The plan required under paragraph (1)
shall provide for the safe integration of civil unmanned aircraft
systems into the national airspace system as soon as practicable,
but not later than September 30, 2015.
SEC. 336. SPECIAL RULE FOR MODEL AIRCRAFT.
(a) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law relating to the incorporation of unmanned aircraft systems into Federal Aviation Administration plans and policies, including this subtitle, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft, or an aircraft being developed as a model aircraft, if—
(1) the aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational use;
(2) the aircraft is operated in accordance with a communitybased set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization
Originally posted by Droidinvoid
You will eventually start to read stories of civilian drones , $300 dollar upwards, dogfighting so to speak , ie knocking the hovering government drones out of the air or off course from the surveillance task. Next thing the US government will be detaining people for owning civilian drones on the pretense that they are being used like a hostile weapon , attacking FBI and law enforcement drones, cat and mouse in the US skies
Anyone find ANYTHING about the Bill giving money are number estimates for drones? I didn't see anything.
A recent news report revealed that, back on June 24th, local police in North Dakota made the first ever arrest of U.S. citizens with the assistance of unarmed predator drones. And oddly enough, the incident didn’t involve terrorism or narcotics, but rather a search for missing cows on a remote stretch of farmland.
The Pentagon said Thursday that it intends to spend $400 million to develop a giant dirigible that will float 65,000 feet above the Earth for 10 years, providing unblinking and intricate radar surveillance of the vehicles, planes and even people below.
"It is absolutely revolutionary," Werner J.A. Dahm, chief scientist for the Air Force, said of the proposed unmanned airship -- describing it as a cross between a satellite and a spy plane.
They aren't even expecting a plan until the end of 2012.
SEC. 333. SPECIAL RULES FOR CERTAIN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS.
(a) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other requirement of
this subtitle, and not later than 180 days after the date of enactment
of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall determine if
certain unmanned aircraft systems may operate safely in the
national airspace system before completion of the plan and rulemaking
required by section 332 of this Act or the guidance required
by section 334 of this Act.
(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 180 days after the date
of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall develop a plan
and initiate a process to work with relevant Federal agencies
and national and international communities to designate
permanent areas in the Arctic where small unmanned aircraft
may operate 24 hours per day for research and commercial
purposes. The plan for operations in these permanent areas
shall include the development of processes to facilitate the
safe operation of unmanned aircraft beyond line of sight. Such
areas shall enable over-water flights from the surface to at
least 2,000 feet in altitude, with ingress and egress routes
from selected coastal launch sites.
(3) TEST RANGE LOCATIONS.—In determining the location
of the 6 test ranges of the program under paragraph (1), the
(A) take into consideration geographic and climatic
(B) take into consideration the location of ground infrastructure
and research needs; and
(C) consult with the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration and the Department of Defense.
At about $22 million apiece for next-generation UAVs (the so-called Reaper and Sky Warrior), the drones are increasingly a weapon of choice for military planners.