I don't have a problem with any of those rules. Not even the last one. You know as well as I do that news managers are cheap as hell. It's not at all hard to imagine that every station out there is gonna want to trade in the chopper for drones, and hey, since they're so cheap, why not buy 5 per station and then hire the local RC airplane enthusiasts to fly 'em? So now we'll have a cloud of drones over any scene, not subject to air traffic control, not even visible to ATC radar, and being piloted by amateurs who have to keep an eye on the camera feed rather than the area around the drone. Collisions are inevitable and while they won't be as disastrous as 2 planes colliding, drones still weigh a not-insignificant amount and one falling on your head is going to ruin your day.The rules state this RC aerial photography are this:
Keep it under 400 feet
Must maintain line of sight
Stay away from people
Not for commercial purposes
Neither would I, assuming someone comes up with a way to keep 5 drones flying over the same house without crashing into each other. Quite a bit harder to judge positions from the ground than from the pilot seat of a chopper. I would also want it contingent on strict, government-supervised, maintenance and inspections of the drone. I don't want some cheap station running a drone that's falling apart just because they don't want to pay to keep the thing maintained.Tom,
I wouldn't have an issue if the FAA wanted to license one drone per station but no more than that.
True...but I can see it becoming the next generation GoPro style of news coverage, integrated into daily news.It should be pointed out that unless stations pay for a military grade drone (costing millions), the drones still can't be used in the manner most news choppers are used. You still couldn't cover a high speed chase or chase severe weather. The drone can only really fly in a 1000 ft radius of where the operator is on the ground so they'd only work at stationary scenes. That makes it another tool in the bag but definitely not s replacement for a chopper.