In my last blog entry on drones, “The Drone Dilemma, Part 2: Legal”, I promised I’d pester you next about air space. For those of you just joining us, we have also addressed this technological advancement of unmanned flight in terms of bandwidth limitations in Part 1 of this series of blogs on drone aircraft. As always, I try to appeal to the technical side of the Planet Analog audience while bringing to light a subject that is current and trending.
Speaking of technology, let’s get to it right away. Although I’m not much of a software guy, you can’t argue with the fact that software engineers recently had a 0.2% unemployment in Colorado. Nor can you argue with the fact that they get the majority of the investment dollars. So it’s time for me to acknowledge software engineers and give them their fair shake as they transmit their bits and bytes along the most excellent designs of the Planet Analog community.
The technology that I’m referencing is by a company who creates software for guiding a drone such that it doesn’t enter restricted air space.
“Hawhoa?! Kawhool, Beavith!”
This software is profiled on a website “DJI ROLLS OUT NEW SOFTWARE TO STOP YOU FLYING YOUR DRONE IN RESTRICTED AIRSPACE”, By Trevor Mogg — January 2, 2016. If you are a drone pilot, you might want to consider this software. It might just keep you out of the clink. Remember, ignorance is not a defense so if you fly into a restricted area so take precautions or be prepared to pay the price.
Another website that provides information is “Don’t fly drones here”. This website has map views of “No Fly Zones”. At a quick glance it shows the Grand Canyon is off limits. So much for getting that exceptional view on your vacation.
No blog on air space would be complete without addressing the boundaries associated with one’s own personal property. As indicated in the article “This Is How the FAA Regulates American Airspace”, drones can pretty much fly to an altitude of zero which begs the question, what constitutes trespassing if they can land in your back yard? I’m not about to get into that debate myself however I did find their graphic to be quite interesting as it showed some of the altitudes associated with the flying capabilities of military UAVs.
Air space and trespassing bring to light that threat that is being made to shoot drones out of the sky. As it turns out, there has been an incident as referenced in “Hillview man arrested for shooting down drone; cites right to privacy.” I find some things about this action disturbing. Anyone who has taken a hunter safety course or gun use class knows that shooting up into the sky is a no-no. Furthermore, not having a legitimate back drop to stop the bullet is also considered to be a bonehead move. Finally, shooting within certain limits or within range of a dwelling are also restrictions that can result in a violation. Of course that didn’t matter much to Mel Brooks in the movie “History of the World, Part I”.
“PULL!…… drifting to the left.”