I’m working on a new piece to discuss privacy rights in our overtly surveilled society. To this end I’m starting to work with UAV’s. Interesting little buggers. For about $1k you can easily get a UAV that will allow you to take video and still images of remarkable quality. Interesting bit is that the FAA doesn’t quite know what to do with UAV pilots. There is no official elevation restriction unless you are within 3 miles of an airport, and the restrictions on anyone that might have a professional bend to what they are doing is under hot debate.
Here are some interesting links on the subject:
From the FAA:
Busting Myths about the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
From the media:
So you want to fly drones? Here’s what the law says
Fined Drone Pilot Tests U.S. Industry Seen Reaching $89 Billion