Drones: The Good vs. The Bad

Drones. I wanted to talk about this because it can be such a controversial topic. From what I have come across, either you love them or you hate them. Very few people I have come into contact with have been indifferent or just on the fence.

I wanted to investigate and share my findings. I am interested to see why people hate and love them so much.

What is a drone?

A drone is a "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" or a UVA. The term aerial vehicle means in the air or flying and unmanned just means that you fly it by remote control or a control system. They come in wide varieties of sizes, shapes and functions. They are generally used to carry out tasks in which manned flight is considered to be risky. Drones mostly find use in military services, but are now days finding use in various civilian operations such as search and rescue, weather analysis etc. They are known for their “precision” and “stealth” features.

"If we look at the key uses of drones they can be listed as follows:

  • To provide intelligence and tactical support
  • To check for bombs and dangerous devices on roads and landing areas
  • To hack into phone lines or computers to gather information
  • To observe traffic and public behavior
  • To provide air support
  • To follow or attack suspicious targets"

Information provided by: Read & Digest: Aerial Assasins

The Good

There are two sides to uses for drones: military and commercial.

"Military drones have been highly effective in surveillance activities saving lives and protecting property.  And military drones are the ultimate way to attack the bad guys cheaply and safely.  Drones are also doing a great job of patrolling the U.S. borders.  Police departments use drones to hunt for lost persons and to improve crime prevention and fighting.

Commercial uses of drones have also been effective in farm crop and environmental monitoring, weather-related observation and mining surveying.  Movie companies and commercial photographers are using drones to get spectacular aerial videos and photos to aid their businesses. "

This information is from: Electronic Design: Drones: Good News and Bad News

The Bad

The number one thing that people are concerned about is that someone can take a picture of them anytime, anywhere without their permission from the air. This is also known as spying. Many people who own one commercial or personal use could possibly misuse them.

A few years ago, I would completely understand with being worried about this. However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has new rules and regulations that must be followed when owning one of these.

My opinion

The first time I flew a drone, I was intimidated by it. This is no joke of machinery. It wasn't mine, so I was terrified I could do damage to it. (Just a little bit of background, I have never really played video games and the controller is very similar to one). I have rarely used a controller and my thought was, this is going to go very badly.

However, once I figured out how to use it, (I was still scared because it wasn't mine and anything could happen) but I learned to really like it. You get to see a place in a completely new perspective. You get a whole new appreciation for them.

When it comes to people who worry about the drones spying on you, I will say one thing. Those things are LOUD! I could hear it buzzing almost half a mile away. If someone wanted to spy on you, it would be very difficult.

Also, as mentioned earlier the FAA requires that specific rules be followed. The one includes registering every personal use or commercial use drone with the FAA. In December of 2015,

The FAA states in a press release "The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new web-based registration system for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is now active.  Hobbyists and recreational users who fly UAS, which include remote controlled aircraft, may register at www.faa.gov/uas/registration.

Owners must register small UAS weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) if they are to be flown outdoors for hobby or recreation.  Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker announced the rule requiring registration earlier this month." (Federal Aviation Administration: Press Release – Unmanned Aircraft Registration System Takes Flight)

In conclusion

Drones are awesome. This is my personal opinion. However, with the FAA rules and regulations now, it is almost hard not to love them. They are fun and allow you more opportunity to see things from a completely new perspective.

Let me know what you think by commenting below.

Kaytee Lorentzen
Owner & Photographer | Kaytee Lorentzen Photography