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    Head's up, Vermonters.

    http://vtdigger.org/2013/07/12/welch...manned-drones/

    What’s new about Welch’s approach is it requires private drone owners to submit information to the FAA in order to fly their crafts. To get a license, they have to tell the FAA who will operate the drone, where it will be flown, what type of data will be collected, why it’s being collected and how long it will be kept on hand. All of that information would be published online. According to Welch, those requirements aren’t all that onerous. “In a way that’s similar to an airline providing information about a flight path,” Welch said. “This is not a burden. It’s going to focus attention on the fact that using drones can be an encroachment on privacy rights.” Private drone owners already need a license to fly their craft. The goal, Welch said is “to make certain that, as we get this new technology that has the capacity to do good, that it does not compromise the privacy rights that Vermonters and American citizens have. And what we face with the explosion of technology in this world is the challenge of modernizing laws and regulations to make certain our constitutional right to privacy continues to be respected.”If a drone owner does overstep privacy bounds, Welch’s bill leaves it up to the FTC, states’ attorney generals, and citizens to bring them to court. Asked whether or not the FTC was up to the task of enforcing proper drone activity, Welch said he wasn’t sure.“It’s not clear. There’s such an assault on all of government agencies and their personnel.” Welch said that’s why he’s hoping attorney generals and individuals will step up to the plate, but he also acknowledged that citizens might not be keyed into privacy intrusions when they take place. Welch didn’t know whether private drones had made their way into Vermont yet, but Gilbert jumped in, holding up photographic evidence. The photo, which appeared in the Business section of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus on June 17 shows two Fayston residents posing with a “remote-controlled quad copter” they use for their aerial photography business.“This is how drones will come in. there will be two guys who get what looks like a hobby version of some sort of flying aircraft … and they are going to start using it for all sorts of things.” Addressing the reporters in the audience, Gilbert said, “Within a year or two most of you will probably work at places where there are drones.” - See more at: http://vtdigger.org/2013/07/12/welch....nNijOlpN.dpuf

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    I used to live in Vermont, I thought people there had more intelligence than this. Ah well, just more of the dumbing down of the United States of America.

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    Here's an article about the legislation. I'm launching my ZII on the front cover:

    http://www.7dvt.com/2013hobbyists-la...ir-eyes-drones

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    from the article:

    Welch spokesman Ryan Nickel says in an email that hobbyists are “explicitly exempted from the legislation,” so they can keep on flying. Commercial users, however, such as WCAX — which owns a quadrocopter but hasn’t used it for news reporting yet — would have to provide a “data collection statement” to the FAA under Welch’s legislation.

    Which means we win!

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    haha read this and thought it was vermont Melbourne

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmaplesong View Post
    Here's an article about the legislation. I'm launching my ZII on the front cover:

    http://www.7dvt.com/2013hobbyists-la...ir-eyes-drones
    That was good article, pointing out the hobby side of FPV flying. And pointing out that hobby grade stuff is not stuff drones are made of. We need more positive reporting like this.

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    Nope I lied XD
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