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12-30-2013 05:08 PM  4 years agoPost 1
AA simon

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The US aviation regulator has announced the six states that will host sites for testing commercial use of drones.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has picked Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia.

The sites are part of a programme to develop safety and operational rules for drones by the end of 2015.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25552825

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12-30-2013 05:50 PM  4 years agoPost 2
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Not enough.
Why not one in every state?

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12-30-2013 07:56 PM  4 years agoPost 3
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Because there are probably not enough FAA FSDO's to monitor operations and testing in each state. Sequestration is still in effect.

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12-30-2013 08:17 PM  4 years agoPost 4
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They forgot one. These uh soccer fields kind of near where I live.... yeah I should be paid for flying my drones there...

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12-30-2013 09:41 PM  4 years agoPost 5
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Another step forward for Amazon

I'm telling you guys....It's gonna happen.

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12-30-2013 11:36 PM  4 years agoPost 6
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im excited about the openings. of course im biased due to me already flying them, but it will be nice to fly them stateside.

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12-31-2013 01:47 AM  4 years agoPost 7
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I am not happy because Virginia Tech's site which is closest to me is a long drive and a round trip with flying cannot be done in a day.

States without drone test and flying facilities will fall behind in this technical race.

Guess that I have to move there. Of course, I am very happy to finally see some movement on opening these sites. Now, what are the costs to use the facilities going to be?

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12-31-2013 03:34 AM  4 years agoPost 8
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News quote, "The FAA has to do drone test flights to see how they fly."
Have they ever gone to the mall.

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12-31-2013 05:02 AM  4 years agoPost 9
Gearhead

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I have to wonder what they feel they are going to achieve with these things, or is this just research on them for the future

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12-31-2013 10:19 AM  4 years agoPost 10
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Its nothing less than money wasted. They are gonna test to see if they are commercially viable? Its gonna wind up where only a few corporations can afford the licence and insurance and nobody will be doing startup busineses with "drones" If youre lucky you can get paid minimum wage for flying or maintaining one.

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12-31-2013 11:31 AM  4 years agoPost 11
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Volcano, that's not necessarily a bad thing, "we" pilots don't want them in our airspace. Currently they don't have TCAS to avoid collisions, They are extremely hard to see. Not to mention they fly slow and tie up the traffic patterns with their slow approaches. Keep in mind these UAV's occasionally will lose link and go flying off into the sunset on their own and they also just fall out of the sky. When they say drones they aren't talking the they quad you buy from HK, they are talking aircraft that can be the size of the real thing. Fed Ex announce that they want to fly an unmanned 747 from the US to Japan by next year. It gives an all new meaning to the possibilities of 9/11. Just something to think about.

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12-31-2013 07:52 PM  4 years agoPost 12
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What's wrong with Uncle Sam Sattelite ?
Maybe we need to ask Maverick ?

To Count / to Keep Open / to Close / Make a Path ? Call home ?

Texas you can figure / North Dakota too / Alaska definitely

Nevada you can figure /
West Virgina ? interesting
New York ? Interesting Guess so if you think a bit harder

Suppose they come with Google map ?

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12-31-2013 08:02 PM  4 years agoPost 13
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I'm afraid it's going to mean more rules and regulations for those of us who might live in any of these areas.

Later;

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12-31-2013 08:20 PM  4 years agoPost 14
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The Drones may fly Safer than Manned Planes
I think that people are under estimating the work being done by the FAA on this issue. With the generation of ADS-in&out and the NexGen system. Planes will be reporting position to the ground and surrounding planes.

The autonomous vehicles will be able to sense and avoid conflicts as well or better than piloted vehicles.

Yes the skies are going to be more crowded. What would you do? ignore the issue and proceed without planning?

No the pizza delivery vehicle is not going to be a $300 quad. It is going to be a multiple redundant vehicle meeting the requirements of the standard aircraft flying in the system currently.

With all of this, the pilots (me included) will need to spend to equip their planes to fly in an electronic system. I think that is really one of the chief beefs GA pilots have with the changes.

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12-31-2013 08:29 PM  4 years agoPost 15
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All Very Well Indeed
So ????

What is the Purpose ??

2014 they are saying 44,000 new regulation's go into effect

How many the for year's prior ?? each year

You do not deliver Pizza with a 2 million dollar drone

With those location's or benchmark's you have full coverage or a NET over the complete country.

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