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UAV -- business or pleasure?

The UAV industry is making the transition from a pure hobby to the commercial applications. A year from now an appropriate bill will be passed in Congress, and FAA will start regulating the industry, requiring commercial use licensing of pilots and aircraft. I have little doubt that this will result in marketplace explosion. UAVs will soon become a part of business process of construction companies, utilities, agriculture, marketing video production, and so on. The sky (at least under 400 ft.) is the limit.

Are you interested in being a part of this emerging industry? If your ambitions and aspirations go beyond hobby – do attend this meetup!

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  • Justin J.

    Thanks for sharing the video Alex!

    April 10, 2014

  • Alex B.

    Check out the video: Amateur Moves!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvTHsYN0Qr0

    April 9, 2014

  • Justin J.

    Had a blast yesterday at the meetup! Great conversation and great time flying!

    1 · April 7, 2014

  • Kevin

    Wanted to be there, that Chicago 36 hour flu, turned into 48 hour.
    Next time we fly. Where?

    April 6, 2014

  • Alex B.

    Informative and fun

    April 6, 2014

  • Alex B.

    The Starbucks is inside Target, if you have difficulties finding it .

    April 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might make it and might not. Still fading in and out of a 2 month cold/flu and have to be at the lakefront Sat morning so I don't know how I'll feel on Sun.

    April 4, 2014

  • Dave

    I had to back out if the meeting this Sunday,
    I had a flight come up Sunday, Saturday is busy flying to LiveLine Pilots dinner in Peoria, get to fly A Pilatus
    PC12 turboprop, there's 4 seats available if anyone wants to go

    April 4, 2014

    • Alex B.

      Dave, thank you for letting me know. I hope to see you on the forthcoming meet ups! Please stay in touch, and if you are interested in taking part in UAV business -- let's talk about it.

      April 4, 2014

  • Dave

    I found this Popular Mechanics Titled
    This Is How the FAA Regulates American Airspace
    it referances drones

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military/planes-uavs/this-is-how-the-faa-regulates-american-airspace-15894142

    March 20, 2014

    • Alex B.

      I am so glad that this subject for our next meetup already results in a lively discussion!

      Why not join Aerial Enthusiast on Facebook? https://www.facebook.c...­

      This is where some legalese is going to be posted and discussed. Presently, in the Files section of that page there's the only official FAA document dealing with the issue. It is a roadmap for the future legislation and use. This and the court ruling in favor of a drone operator are the only two reliable sources of information. The rest are interpretations, which are interesting and valid, but would I stake a business on them?

      Let's talk about these issues during the meetup!

      March 20, 2014

  • Alex B.

    Milosh - same answer. Until such time as the legislation is passed, there is no jurisdiction of FAA over anything flying 5 miles away from a major airport and under 400 ft. (some say, 1200 ft.)

    What about flying a kite on the beach? And if I attach GoPro to it, I suddenly jeopardize public safety?

    March 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think you're confusing FAA airspace, which is anywhere within the US at any altitude, with FAA "controlled" airspace, which is within 3 miles of airports and over 400' anywhere. The case in point is whether commercial use of drones is addressed in current rules (there doesn't have to be legislation enacted) and should be updated due to the dramatic difference in size reduction of the vehicles since the rule was enacted. What I would worry much more about is the local banning of drones due to 'privacy' issues.

      March 20, 2014

    • Alex B.

      Milosh,
      1. The question is this: has FAA jurisdiction to ban commercial use of drones flying under 1200ft and 5 miles away from a major airport? The present court's answer is, no -- FAA cannot issue such ban and FAA cannot penalize those who fly.

      2. The privacy issues with UAVs are exactly the same as with any street photography: I (and you) can shoot anything we see while standing on a public sidewalk.

      March 20, 2014

  • Alex B.

    I think, this is going to be one cool meetup! Just in case, take your drones with you. I sure will. There's a cemetery across the road.

    March 20, 2014

  • Alex B.

    Dave,
    FAA is misrepresenting! Since there's no legislation, there are no rules and there's no FAA jurisdiction. This was ruled by the court in the one and only case where the drone pilot was penalized by FAA. Naturally, there's an appeal, and so the case is back in court: http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/7/5483146/commercial-drone-legality-on-hold-as-faa-appeals-court-ruling

    March 20, 2014

  • Dave

    Check out the current info on the FAA web site
    http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/uas/uas_faq/#Qn11

    March 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is the best article I've seen to date regarding this issue.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/video/features/are-quadcopters-legal?BI=4906

    March 20, 2014

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