THE PERIPHERY North Dakota Drones
Because they've been the vehicle for a lot of bad news and have become a symbol for government overreach, I'm betting 9/10 people respond unfavorably to the word "drone".
Previously on this blog, I'v... Posted on 8/21/13 at 5:49 AM
Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos made a splash on Sunday with his radical plan to deliver goods to millions of its customers' doors by using a fleet of unmanned drones, but the bold vision is not likely to become a reality this decade.
Five years ago, Northland Aerospace had seven students. Now, it has 122. But that dramatic increase may look scrawny by comparison if the Grand Forks Air Force Base becomes designated as a test site for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which are more commonly known as drones.
When Rodney Brossart’s trial on charges of terrorizing of deputies and theft of cattle opens Tuesday in Grand Forks, the prosecutor wants to introduce evidence that the Lakota, N.D., farmer resisted arrest years earlier by the same deputy who shot him with a stun gun and arrested him in June 2011 over six stray animals.
It’s very likely North Dakota will be one of the six states to host a test site for unmanned aircraft, but it is also very likely not the Federal Aviation Administration’s top candidate, Rep. Kevin Cramer said this past week in Grand Forks.
Over the past year, news stories about unmanned aircraft systems have highlighted privacy concerns as often as technological improvements. For example, six states now have laws that force police agencies to get warrants before using drones to gather evidence.
The small unmanned aircraft systems used by the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department and UND’s aerospace school have been used seven times in several North Dakota counties, including Thursday, said Alan Frazier, the UND professor and deputy sheriff who is the chief pilot of the four aircraft.
The FBI has been using drones to support its law enforcement operations since 2006 and has spent more than $3 million on the unmanned aircraft, the Justice Department's internal watchdog said Thursday.
Thousands of civilian drones are expected in U.S. skies within a few years and concerns they could be used to spy on Americans are fueling legislative efforts in several states to regulate the unmanned aircraft.
Unmanned aircraft vehicles. Remotely piloted vehicles. Unmanned aerial systems. The future of aviation is set to include vehicles without a human pilot on board, and people in the industry have one request about their aircraft. Please don’t call them “drones.”
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