The increased availability and lowered hurdles of entry for multicopter use AKA “drone flying” are sometimes bringing about unpleasant encounters between hobbyists and/or semi-professional multicopter users on one hand and authorities on the other.
While it may seem easy to immediately sympathize with “the little guy” — and the social media space is full of “stories” and outcries to this effect –, the truth is that many of the “outrageously harassed drone users” greatly contributed to what may or may not be an overreaction on the authorities’ part.
Watch the example “shockers” below and see for yourself whether or not the “pilots” affected contributed to their respective situations. Report your findings and the potential issues these copter owners caused in the box below. Qualified discussion on this matter is needed, and basic awareness and education is also advocated in order to avoid over-regulation of a hobby that is already under significant regulation and/or a profession that is already limited by numerous rules making work for some of us needlessly hard.
The first example was shot in what appears to be a Park area, potentially regulated accordingly. While it is not acceptable that police helicopters attempt to crash multicopters (into protected wildwaters at that, causing disproportionate damage including environmental hazards from destroyed batteries and plastic debris etc), limiting quadcopter use in some of these areas may make sense as long as it is not outlawed by blanket regulation going too far.
The second example clearly is shot in a Park area. The fact alone that there is not even an ordinance or any written piece of guidance in any rule book whatsoever makes the otherwise apparently “reasonable” points raised by the Rangers excessive. Were they, indeed, as important a basis for some “policy” as claimed, then writing them down (and publishing them, along with the proper application procedures for special permits or similar) would not be asking too much and should be done as part of best practice on part of the authorities.
Responsible multicopter users ought to be aware of issues like these and adhere to principles of safe operation (including proper pre-flight checks and equipment maintenance) on their own. This would make life and the pursuit of our hobby or work a lot easier and save us all from future trouble, overly stringent regulation, and potential limitations that could otherwise be avoided.