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This is a media curation page for the PIRatE Lab's AARR Program.  We are developing practical, low cost programs to monitor resources in our coastal zone (the land near the ocean and the ocean near the land) with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs aka "drones") overhead and subtidal Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) .  Enjoy!!  
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The FAA Has Never Fined Anyone for Flying a Drone Commercially

The FAA Has Never Fined Anyone for Flying a Drone Commercially | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it

For all its talk about how flying a drone for commercial purposes without its permission is illegal, the Federal Aviation Administration has never fined a drone company simply for flying a drone for money, according to documents obtained by Motherboard using the Freedom of Information Act. 


Over the last several years, the FAA has repeatedly said that operating a drone business is illegal until it enacts specific drone guidelines. In the meantime, it has begun issuing what are known as “Section 333 exemption,” which allows companies to fly with permission under strict guidelines. The FAA has given out 5,292 of these waivers and has a massive backlog of them to get through still.  


After seeing a list of what the FAA says are all of the drone-related fines it has ever given out, you wonder why anyone who has a drone business would ever bother getting a 333 exemption.

PIRatE Labs insight:
The FAA's whole approach to "regulating" has been nothing short of an utter failure: the folks who try to follow the rules are penalized.  The folks who do whatever they want, are all good to go.

Total fail.
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Xiaomi "Flying Bomb" the new nickname for cellphone companies drone

Xiaomi "Flying Bomb" the new nickname for cellphone companies drone | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Its not a glittering start for Xiaomi, at a press launch one of the two new quadcopters experienced some sort of failure. Falling back to earth in a crashing rather than calculated manner. Social media in China lit up with less than flattering comments. “quality fails”, “a lack of safety” and, “cheap goods no good” “If…Read more →
PIRatE Labs insight:
Poor quality builds = poor quality units.  Constantly running down the cheap street leads to folks who launch products that can't stay up in the air.  Remind me again how spending money for something that crashes right out to the gate (or on flight three or four) or is unfixable when a minor defect happens is a good deal?  Bad for your pocketbook in the long-term.  Bad for sustainability issues.  Bad for birthing a new industry.
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