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Some entrepreneurs are not letting those Luddites at the FAA stand in their way.

Drug-laden drone found 'hovering' near Australian prison

Sydney (AFP) - Australian police on Monday said they had arrested a man after a drone allegedly carrying drugs was seen "hovering in the vicinity of a prison".

Victoria state police said the unmanned aerial vehicle, which was carrying a small quantity of drugs, was found near the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Melbourne's west on Sunday.

"A man and a woman were located in a car ... with what was believed to be a drone with four engines and a small quantity of drugs," Victoria Police said in a statement.

The 28-year-old man was charged with possessing a drug of dependence and attempting to commit an indictable offence and was bailed to appear in court later this month.

Police refused to give any details on the size of the drone, a technology already deployed by the military but increasingly used in aerial photography and law enforcement.

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Drone and Rescue Chopper Nearly Collide as Drone Crashes Mount

This happened in Oz, and Oz has a rather odd aviation history anyway, beginning with the fact that the first manned heavier than air craft flown there was piloted by none other than Harry Houdini.

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Drone and Rescue Chopper Nearly Collide..

Could have been a nasty incident.
Some people just don't think far enough ahead about causing problems with their "fun" toys! Or maybe some paparazzi-minded person looking to get a bonus for first-hand views.
The FAA is working to set rules about drones and their use. Hope the new rules are enacted soon!

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Note to self: mush wear crash helmet whenever out of doors....

Drone Crashes Near Elementary School

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BrevCampagnolo wrote:
Note to self: mush wear crash helmet whenever out of doors....

At over 350 pounds for that drone, I don't think a "crash" helmet would do much good!! Even one of those armored tornado chaser vehicles might get a big dent!!
Normal helicopter design has the blades high up, so the craft is naturally "balanced" and somewhat immune to wind buffeting. But those smaller drones can be easily tipped over because the blades are much lower.
Good that no one was injured.

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Drone Smashes Into Triathlete During Race Causing Head Injury

At least that's her story. The other story is that the drone spooked her an she faw down.


That's the other problem with drones. Lawyers are going to look at them and hear, KA-CHING!!!

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And in today's news, a report of a thwarted drone bomb plot toward a school and Federal buildings in Connecticut!

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I think this is rushing headlong toward requiring licensing of UAV pilots.

No license is required to fly hang gliders and parasails and ultralights and the like, but once the a/c gets to a certain weight, you have to be licensed to fly it. So I see something similar coming for UAVs. They'll put some weight limit on it to essentially exempt the old RC airplane crowd, but to require anybody flying a 37-lb drone to be licensed. And it might have to be on or near an RC "airfield" as well.

And there's no point requiring pilots of manned a/c to have a flight physical and not do the same for UAV pilots. Granted UAV's aren't carrying passengers (yet), but you still would not want a guy flying a big UAV to stroke out or have an MI while the drone was over a populated area, like an orphanage or convent. Making all these morons demonstrate competence of both aviation knowledge and control of the a/c, plus have a flight physical, should put one large kaibash on the burgeoning drone industry.

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in my opinion, it should be quite difficult to get and maintain the ability to fly drones. also, penalties should be quite steep for failure to abide by (yet to be determined) agreed upon protocols. deep background checks, non-felons only, prior drug use or mental health issue disqualification, regular drug screening...

simply put, the operator is completely detached from the thing - it gives rise to issue that pilot responsibility is compromised when you're no longer physically "at-risk" of a failure, or stupid pilot error...or intentional destructive desires. there's no way to stop somebody that's completely committed to killing themselves to cause damage, but it's stupid to basically just hand out remote-controlled devices that allow a user to operate with near impunity multiple times.

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The military branches of most countries do use drones for surveillance and assaults. But they have very well trained operators, maybe 200 miles or more distant! The saving factor is that the airspace is controlled.. with little other commercial traffic. All aircraft above a certain size or weight must have a transponder on board, which sends out a beacon signal to identify itself, and make location of itself profound. Smaller craft don't have this requirement. If one large flying bird at 10,000 feet or so can bring down a monstrous commercial plane, think of the consequences in congested air space!
Even rocket hobbyists have severe restrictions on where and when they can play with their "toys". For reaching above a certain height, an FAA permit must be had beforehand.. with mandated time limits.
Talk about "star wars" with space ships.. now we have to worry about "drone" air battles!

"Look.. its a hummingbird.. but doesn't have wings"!! :lol: :lol:

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