quote: I know Mick likes to pick on government stupidity, but I don't believe it was all that long ago he was posting articles picking on drone flights... bit of an inconsistency here I believe.
quote: While we were up there we noticed that Civil Air Patrol and private aircraft were authorized to fly over the small town tucked into the base of Rockies.
quote: On Thursday the weather was so bad that the U.S. National Guard was ground, and only Falcon UAV was able to brave the pounding storm. CLMax worked closely with the EOC, who in turn fed in instructions to prevent its flier from hindering National Guard efforts; for example on Friday the Falcon UAVs were temporarily ground while National Guard choppers made rescue efforts.
quote: NOTE: UAVs are unmanned, but remote controlled. The pilots have cameras so that they can see other aircraft and can keep from hitting other aircraft. Most Commercial UAVs are flown by licensed pilots. It is less likely that a UAV will collide with a real aircraft than two real aircraft colliding.
quote: This thing flies low, so you don't really have to worry about it hitting other aircraft -- other than helicopters. It wouldn't take a rocket scientist @ FEMA to coordinate so the Falcon UAVs were only in the air when helicopters were not.
quote: Don't helicopters, especially ones on rescue missions, tend to fly low as well?