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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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Police: College Park Man Flew Drone Near 5-Alarm Fire

Police: College Park Man Flew Drone Near 5-Alarm Fire | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A Maryland man is accused of flying a drone in restricted airspace near the 5-alarm apartment building fire Monday in College Park, nearly crashing the drone into a police helicopter.
Jeff Wittemans insight:
Reminder: Don't send your drone out to investigate a fire, you might endanger search and rescue operations. 
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Should Homeowners Ban Drones Over Their Property?

Should Homeowners Ban Drones Over Their Property? | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The increased use of personal and commercial drones is raising questions about where they should be permitted to fly, and who should make that decision. The FAA estimates drone sales will reach 7
PIRatE Labs insight:
Our soon-to-be-released data show the U.S. public is about 50-50 on the question of the appropriateness of shooting down a drone that is flying over their personal property.
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Senate halts bill to include drones in criminal statutes | UAV Expert News

Senate halts bill to include drones in criminal statutes | UAV Expert News | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Senate halts bill to include drones in criminal statutes BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Louisiana senators have rejected a Baton Rouge lawmaker’s bid to regulate drones by adding them to Louisiana criminal statutes. Republican Sen. Dan Claitor said his bill to include illegal drone use in state laws – including trespassing, stalking and criminal mischief …
PIRatE Labs insight:
Wow!  Our friends in Louisiana managed to keep routine problematic behavior with drones from growing into their own criminal code.
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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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Philly union accused of using drones to intimidate enemies | UAV Expert News

Philly union accused of using drones to intimidate enemies | UAV Expert News | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Philly union accused of using drones to intimidate enemies Hotel developer Mihir Wankawala clicked on the link a friend had sent him and watched in shock: Drone-shot video shows dozens of union protesters, the view rising to peer in the windows of the historic hotel property Wankawala was carefully refurbishing. The whole video, which the …
PIRatE Labs insight:
Drones as intimidation, threatening to spy if you don't comply with their wishes.
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Drug drone operator sentenced | UAV Expert News

Drug drone operator sentenced | UAV Expert News | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Drug drone operator sentenced; just wanted pot. Case was first drone drug-smuggling seizure along the Southwest border
PIRatE Labs insight:
Drones over the national dividing line.
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