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Old 08-20-2014, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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You go ahead and believe what you want. A local college went to the expense of setting up a giant batting cage so that they could LEGALLY test and fly drones in it. If you want to make your point - show us the regulation that allows the Rutland police to fly drones. We're waiting...
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:46 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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I never said they did. That does not invalidate my post. Nor do the police need FAA permission if they are operating said aerial vehicles under the FAA's enumerated restrictions.

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Old 08-21-2014, 08:04 AM
 
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You go ahead and believe what you want. A local college went to the expense of setting up a giant batting cage so that they could LEGALLY test and fly drones in it. If you want to make your point - show us the regulation that allows the Rutland police to fly drones. We're waiting...

I do stand corrected in that the dept does need a COA for operations below 400 feet.

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Old 08-21-2014, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Thanks for making the effort to verify, your credibility rating with me just went up a couple of notches. Most people don't take the time and avoid stating a correction. (We all make errors, so "oopsies" themselves are less a problem than the uncorrected ones, which can get repeated and continue to feed urban legends and other misinformation.)
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:59 AM
 
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I don't like to be wrong, but I admit when I am wrong. I either misread or misremembered something. Anyway, I just don't understand the whole "Big Brother" fear/vibe from this technology. Anything can be abused but almost never is. If the gov't wants to spy on you, they already are and you don't even know it.
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Old 08-21-2014, 02:20 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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We don't need to buy them more tools to spy on us with.
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Old 08-21-2014, 03:26 PM
 
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Once you have a new hammer, everything looks like a nail...
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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...or in the case of police with a sense of entitlement and new military or spy toys, once you have the attitude of a D*** everyone looks like an A******.
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:01 PM
 
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The FAA actually lost a case in their own administrative court about commercial use of drones (which fall under the same regulation or non-regulation as a police drone without a special permit would), so their legal status is quite murky (though the FAA continues to assert they're illegal)
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Live - VT, Work - MA
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It will be interesting to see how the nuances play out when that thing lands in someone's backyard/closed area and the police have to enter to retrieve it.

I also wonder how long it will be before someone takes a shot at one......someone will be dumb enough to try....lol

The big brother aspect is worrisome, however I can understand their use in situations where an officer is reponding and the use of the drone saves them from entering a dangerous situation. I do not feel warm and fuzzy about the "proactive" use by Police which is basically voyeurism to a certain extent where they are just "observing" with absolutely no targeted purpose other than throwing out a net to see what they catch.
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