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    Another reason...

    Here's another reason why the FAA (and other NAS administrators around the world) should be making it easier to use drones for search and rescue type applications:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...five-crew.html

    If that had been a lightweight multirotor or foam wing -- do you really think that five people would have died?

    So yet more innocent lives have been lost to the needless use of full-sized helicopters (remember the police chopper that crashed into a pub killing several people) when "drones" would have done the job just as well and with a massively *lower* risk to public safety.

    Someone should keep score as to the number of innocent lives lost in situations where the use of a drone would have been a much lower-risk alternative.

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    That's one reason why Drones have come under attack... Full size pilots that do photography will go out of business and the same could be said about the "search" portion of search and rescue. It's cheaper and safer!

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    Texas Equusearch just won its case—search-and-rescue drones legal for now:

    http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the...ls-court-rules

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    One from my State, Iowa.
    http://www.iowadnr.gov/portals/idnr/...?amp;tabid=793

    Could you imagine the backlash if an FPV pilot wrote this article?
    Insane behavior, but lets ban RC & FPV (or kick them off their own property and limit them to AMA fields) so it can continue.

    Nuts.

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    xjet, as I indicated before on various forums, just google how many RC aircraft have killed people in the past year (hell in the past 70 years) and then just look at the stats for how many civil aircraft have crashed into homes / populated areas killing lots of people in just the last year alone... it's nuts.

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    That article is crazy. Flying at 200 ft, hover over people's houses, looking under decks from full scale helicopters!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hucker View Post
    That article is crazy. Flying at 200 ft, hover over people's houses, looking under decks from full scale helicopters!
    I know, its one of the most unbelievable things I've ever read!
    Looking in back yards, under decks and through windows and sliding glass doors too I'm guessing. Snagging power lines, bird strikes, engine failures while flying at 200 feet, responsable for more wildlife workers deaths than anything else,, on and on...
    I just had to share this little gem.

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