Drones Take Flight

By: Lawrence Laguna

It’s a bird, no, it’s a plane, no, it’s… a drone?

That’s right, drones are now flying around a neighborhood near you and are becoming a new piece of technology that is rising in popularity. These drones are guided by a remote control, and are capable of flying by four rotating propellers that surround the body of the drone, where a camera can be mounted.

A CBC news report stated that the U.S. government said drone sightings have doubled since last year, including sightings over major sporting events, manned-aircrafts and wildfire-fighting operations.

Consumers who have bought drones use them to record unique, creative videos (like these) for social media or take photos from distances that were once considered impossible (or these). But the drones are now creating a ruckus, and the Canadian and U.S. governments are getting involved.

A white drone shown flying in cruise mode above surfers at the 2015 Rincon Classic. Photo credit to SmugMug.
A white drone shown flying in cruise mode above surfers at the 2015 Rincon Classic. Photo credit to SmugMug.

With drones becoming more popular, the rules are getting stricter. The U.S. government said it’s concerned with the amount of drones that can be flying around as they believe it may be hazardous to any aircraft flying through the airways.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced the creation of a task force to develop a registration system for drones, according to a report by CBC News. The government’s task force will require many drone aircrafts to be registered.

Canada is implementing the same standards. The country is not restricting its citizens to ask for permission to fly a drone for recreational purposes, but it cannot be within the range of airports, buildings, populated areas or moving vehicles, according to the report.

At a Formula 1 event in Germany, a drone is used to capture an aerial view of the track before a vehicle showcase takes place. Photo credit to SmugMug.
At a Formula 1 event in Germany, a drone is used to capture an aerial view of the track before a vehicle showcase takes place. Photo credit to SmugMug.

There have already been close calls with drones and airplanes in Vancouver. According to Transport Canada’s report, a four-propeller black drone missed the windshield of a Seair seaplane by 10 feet as it was coming in to land at the Vancouver International Airport.

The incident occurred during the day with no damage to the plane or drone, but it was a close call that could’ve resulted in a tragic crash.

Drones are easy to find and purchase on the Internet. Amazon.com has an abundant selection of the flying machines that range from $40 to around $2,000 depending what the drone is made out of or what features are added to it.

Now that drones are accessible for any consumer to purchase, will the over consumption of these robots force the government to create even stricter laws against them? As these drones will become more accessible, we’ll have to wait and see what the outcome of these flying objects will be.

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