The Truth About Drones
The Media perpetuates the use of the term “drone” on a regular basis when discussing UAV systems, which has a lot of negative connotations left over from the early use of truly “unmanned aircraft” decades ago. UAV systems of today are comprised of an aircraft, operator, control station, telemetry gear and satellites. There is truly nothing “Unmanned” about unmanned systems, since a pilot is always somewhere in the control loop.
When the word “drone” is used, people immediately think of military applications of the technology–they think that “drones” kill people and destroy property. While the military does use drones for warfare and military purposes (IE: the Predator drone), there are smaller unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that can have amazing new uses:
- Lifesaving Efforts
- Search and Rescue
- Infrastructure Inspection
- Agricultural Inspections
- Endangered Species Protection
- Public Safety
- Border Patrol
- Perimeter Security
- Motion Picture Industry
- Commercial Aerial Photography
Endangered Species Protection
Border Patrol and Forest Service
Motion Picture Industry
Commercial Aerial Photography
Drone technology, while not incredibly brand new, is still an emerging technology in aviation. ROV Systems COO and Innov8tive Designs CEO, Lucien Miller, a leading pioneer in developing and distributing UAV’s for recreational and commercial purposes explains there are 6 stages of technological acceptance:
- Ignorance: People are unaware the technology even exists.
- Denial: People hear about it, but deny that it is important.
- Fear & Anger: People do not understand and over-react.
- Acceptance: People begin to see the use of the technology.
- Understanding: A “light bulb” goes off and they finally get it.
- Enthusiasm: People see the benefits of the new technology, and start to encourage its use and development.
History has shown that human beings are slow to embrace emerging technologies. When Henry T. Ford announced the launch of his Model T automobile, detractors questioned why when horse and buggy was efficient enough. People questioned the need for a television when radio was good enough for most households. And I’m sure most people never thought a computer would be embedded in nearly every device in our lives. With the negative media attention that UAV’s receives almost daily, we hope this web site shines a better light on their legal capabilities.