Saturday, November 22, 2014
DRONE as in MOAN!
DRONE as in MOAN!
Sorry, horrible title for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little or no knowledge on the topic opined. Conflicting opinions are welcome, but will be ignored. As always, please, no name calling. That means you, you big butt-head!
This just in:
The Federal Aviation Administration won a key ruling this week allowing it to regulate drone flights.
The decision by the National Transportation Safety Board was a setback for those who had argued drones should be allowed to fly without all the regulations that apply to more typical manned aircraft.
The decision revolved around a $10,000 FAA fine against businessman Raphael Pirker, who used a remotely operated 56-inch foam glider to take aerial video to make an advertisement.
An NTSB judge overturned the fine in March, holding that the FAA aircraft rules should not apply to unmanned aircraft.
But the NTSB ruled Monday that the FAA rules should apply.
You have got to be kidding me! I am not a big fan of government regulations, but Holy Hannah! Planes without pilots flying around without any regulations?
Who is at the controls? Do they have any idea what the heck they are doing? Are the drones maintained properly? Does the idea of small objects with multiple propellers knifing through the air anywhere any time by anyone scare only me?
Do drones ever crash? Could they crash on a moving vehicle, or a pedestrian, or another plane, or an electric wire, or through a school window, or a nuclear power plant, or a…well pretty much anywhere?
Who is asking for drones without regulations or standards? Are they crazy? Gee, what could go wrong?
Personally I would like to see drones outlawed by all but our Armed Forces. I’m not a fan of guns, concealed or otherwise, but imagine the damage a lunatic could reek with a drone and some fertilizer. How about a teenager goofing around, or a drunk, or me for crispy sake.
I’ve read about Amazon wanting to use drones to make deliveries. No thank you, I’ll wait.
If we allow anyone to fly these things for any reason, without making sure these operators are qualified, sane and law abiding; if we allow these drones to fly without assuring proper maintenance, there will be accidents. People will be killed, property will be damaged and then for sure, laws will be passed.
Maybe we should think about it and pass adequate laws now.
Hell, if I can’t smoke because it disturbs someone else’s air, then I sure as hell don’t want to be breathing in your drone fumes or even worse smacking into your drone!
The preceding is the opinion of a cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.