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https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/05/court-ruling-would-nullify-us-requirement-that-hobbyists-register-drones/

Federal appeals court struck down regulation requiring drone registration.  Appeals court found they did not have the authority to regulate model aircraft.  The decision is on hold for 7 days pending further appeals.

When they first decided to do this, I saw it as a simple power grab.  They justify it with all sort of FUD as is typical, and the media raises the alarm about all the havoc supposedly caused by drones flying in restricted space, etc..  Fact is that nothing in this registration does anything useful, people can still buy drones and fly unregistered... and the likelihood of getting in trouble for it is negligible.  IMO it's just another example of penalizing honest people so they can pretend to do something about a perceived problem that may have been overblown... and of course increase bureaucratic budget and power.

 

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I sure hope this is decision is upheld, it's a joke to have to register with the FAA to fly a quadcopter! I couldn't agree more with what you have stated above, I am sick of our government and it's overreaching laws! This just made my day. :8signbravo::beer::popcorn2::dancenana:

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15 hours ago, braindead0 said:

  IMO it's just another example of penalizing honest people so they can pretend to do something about a perceived problem that may have been overblown... and of course increase bureaucratic budget and power.

 

Gee, sounds almost like the typical response, by rational people, to gun control.  Funny how that is. 

For posterity:

"Ahead of Friday's ruling, the FAA told the appeals court that "it would threaten the safety of the national airspace system" if the court nullified the registration requirement."

Translation:

"This takes away an excuse to be an even larger, more-bloated Federal bureaucracy!! Waahh!"

However, this ruling does not change one thing I think is true - the Courts, at all levels, are corrupt and lack integrity.  As a "Branch" of government, they are as tainted as the rest.

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I have a basic drone until I learn how to control it without crashing on the roof, LOL! The house we are applying for in Idaho has over an acre, so plenty of room to safely practice.

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10 hours ago, wimc said:

Would love to get a drone.

I know nothing about them. What are the ranges they fly?

Depends on what you get and your surroundings. I watched a DJI Mavic Pro do a range test and it made it 3.25 miles out before it turned around. Others might only make it 500 feet and lose contact. I really want to get a Mavic Pro for the size of it and it's simply just a great drone, price of a Phantom 3 is tempting though.

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On 5/21/2017 at 1:09 AM, MB64 said:

Depends on what you get and your surroundings. I watched a DJI Mavic Pro do a range test and it made it 3.25 miles out before it turned around. Others might only make it 500 feet and lose contact. I really want to get a Mavic Pro for the size of it and it's simply just a great drone, price of a Phantom 3 is tempting though.

There is a new smaller DJI coming out, it's called a spark and is about the size of an Iphone 6. I think the Mavic Pro would be perfect for me, the current Phantom 3 with a case takes up a huge chunk of space in the back of my Armada. 

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Problem with the Spark at the moment is no transmitter, but there is one coming out. It uses your phone's WiFi right now, really limited range. Spark seems more like a fancy selfie camera but it is pretty cool you can control it with gestures.

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Most of the WIFI drones I've seen are very insecure and can be taken over easily, not a problem if only using in the boonies however something to be aware of.. the tools to take over drones are readily available...

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A friend of mine recently bought a DJI Phantom4 Pro. He piddled with it for about a week wit hout success to get it airborne. I was unaware of his purchase until he brought it to my house to see if I could get it airborne. Through some intuition and just plain dumb luck, I had it in the air in about ten minutes.

Since then, he's been enjoying playing with it at his property. He's brought it over to my place and I've done a lot of photos of my home and property. We even took it into the hills above his home to an abandoned quarry that we target practice at and had the drone hover and video us taking turns tossing clay pigeons and shooting them with our shotguns.

It has an amazing camera, very high resolution. Putting the videos on his notebook computer, plugging it into his big screen TV with an HDMI cable, reveals sharp video. Though fairly far out, we were able to clearly see the clay pigeons fly out and vaporize in a cloud of dust when hit (of course we kept the drone at distance ... I certainly didn't want to be the one blowing his $1,500 drone to smithereens!).

Below are some video stills and images taken while target practicing, and views from above my property.

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My friend just hit a clay, as annotated in the photo. I had just launched a clay pigeon by hand, using a plastic sling.

 

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I'm at the controls, bringing in the drone for a landing. We are standing next to my truck.

 

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Above my place, looking east at the Sonoma Range.

 

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Looking northerly. Winnemucca Mountain dominates the scene. The two silos in the distance at extreme right belong to the potato processing plant, town is beyond and off the image to the right. The mainline of the Union Pacific Railroad approaches and curves across the scene.

 

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View southwesterly across Grass Valley to the northern end of the East Range.

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View southerly along Grass Valley with the Sonoma Range at left, East Range at right.

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Really cool how far the tech has come.. .. I never thought I'd see electric powered flight on this scale.. used to be internal combustion was the only way to get decent run times...

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They keep making things complicated, it won't even be worth the time and money to own the stinking things!  http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/sep/28/faa-bans-drone-flights-near-major-us-landmarks-gra/

And of course you'll have your police forces that will take this measurement into their OWN interpretation...and that's the part that scares me.  As a former transportation official, I pretty much have a heads on what can be done, and what might be questionable...but now as a basic photographer, I have recently made it a habit of carrying the "bill of rights" as a photographer because now the pendulum has swung so drastic on what's allowable, and how everybody views those freedoms.  So now I can see having to pack an encyclopedia the same size to do photography with a drone?

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So....we have a right to protect our property...does that include the birds that take out our drones??? LOL...  https://www.wsj.com/articles/bold-eagles-angry-birds-are-ripping-80-000-drones-out-of-the-sky-1506701429

 

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Wonder about the right to wound them pesky 10'+ trees too.  Plus, if we don't disable or kill said pest organisms, can we do such as trim said trees if they are protected w/o approval of such action such as a DIY control burn for LL pines.  

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