John Taylor sued over the requirement that he register his drone for a good reason: The rules don’t work. Read more →
MPR News Reflections and observations on the news
The FAA is treating the drones as aircraft, which they technically are. And it’s treating the operators as a pilots, which they technically aren’t. There are no requirements for training operators of drones, nor do they have to be licensed. Not yet, anyway. Read more →
It’s a silly notion, however, that a pilot would be able to read a registration number on a drone; I was too busy to try to read the “N-number” on the little Cessna filling my windshield, and those letters are as high as a drone is wide.
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Snake River Shooting Products and Consulting Inc., has unveiled ammunition specifically designed to shoot down drones. Read more →
Two Twin Cities airports are included in a rash of drone ‘close calls’ with aircraft, according to reports filed with the Federal Aviation Administration. Read more →
The Federal Aviation Administration has been spent countless hours and probably tens of thousands of dollars trying to come up with rules for owners of quadcopters. There are already some rules in place — you can’t fly near an airport.
That’s not stopping some quadcopter owners. Read more →
Drone owner John Thompson isn’t getting much sympathy since he posted this video on Facebook showing firefighters trying to shoot down his drone. Read more →
Minneapolis was a lab rat for a radar system to detect drones/quadcopters at last year’s All Star Game, the New York Times has revealed today. Read more →
And we have yet another case of the news media ignoring the law and flying drones over news stories. Read more →
An artist collective creates a large images to reach the hearts of distant drone operators. Read more →
Should the skyways of Nicollet Mall be destroyed, what does it take to cancel school around here (and elsewhere), the commercial drone war has already started, Rod Carew’s mission, and the growing legend of Derrick Coleman. Read more →
It’s not exactly yesterday’s flight of an eagle, but this aerial view of Minnehaha Falls is still pretty neat. It was taken using a consumer drone. The same kind that filmed this beauty earlier this summer: These things certainly aren’t going away. In fact, they’re becoming fairly ubiquitous. The day may not be far off Read more →