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FAA's drone proposals receiving cautious welcome from public

Martyn Williams | March 11, 2015
Comments submitted to the FAA are largely positive, but include lots of suggestions.

"There is NO realistic possibility of actual enforcement of any restrictions on the location and especially, altitude, of these drones," wrote Fred Geiger of Santa Cruz.

One solution for keeping order in the skies and keeping track of where drones fly, proposed in several comments, is the use of ADS-B -- a system in use on many commercial aircraft that automatically broadcasts a location and identification on a set frequency. Another person called for prominent identification on the side of drones with an "N-number," the system used on commercial and private aircraft.

It's not just compliance with the FAA's rules that's up for debate, but the potential for invasion of privacy that may occur from drone photography. That's not strictly an FAA issue, but ideas came in anyway.

"The proposed rules should have extremely harsh jail and civil penalties for the invasion of privacy issues," wrote Jeffrey Aryan of California. "Such as a minimum of 15 years in prison for the first offense and a fine of 5 million dollars."

The public comment period is scheduled to close on April 24. Comments can be submitted through Regulations.gov in the FAA-2015-0150 folder.

 

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