The Connecticut State Legislature is going to discuss options for adding laws relating to UAS during this session. However, none of the concerns expressed are not already illegal.
For example, Rep. Mary Mushinsky, D-Wallingford stated “We are specifying what cannot be done by a citizen…A citizen would not be able to spy on their ex-husband or carry a weapon or deliver a drug deal with a drone. A lot of these offenses are in statute now, but we just have to make tweaks to include the use of drones to do the forbidden thing.”
The year just started, but I would expect proposed legislation in the not too distant future.
South of us in NYC, there is a good article about a group that UAS users can join (photo above is a UAS depicted in the article). It is called the New York City Drone User Group, and although I can’t find a website it looks like they have a Facebook Group. The article interviews an experienced UAS user who talks about his experiences flying – including technical failures that will inevitably happen. That is why being part of a group to share experiences, especially in a dense metropolitan area, has its benefits. As a sidenote regarding recent posts, I do not know what the FAA’s position is regarding how and where they fly and whether they are in Class B airspace, etc. This post was just to share an interesting story about a group that is trying to do it right.
The article also has some good videos, including one at Bear Mountain, NY.
In other news:
The “anti-drone drone” that I mentioned the other day, Rapere, has a website up and running. This picture is from their website slideshow marketing the new product. Interestingly, its domain name is http://rapere.io; .io is the country code (ccTLD) for the British Indian Ocean Territory. Except for Diego Garcia, it is virtually uninhabited – if you want to go down the “internet black hole,” check out the Wikipedia page. I bring this aside up because it is an interesting choice. Perhaps the makers of Rapere know that its use would be highly illegal in the United States (18 U.S. Code § 32 – Destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities). At a webinar seminar I attended last week, and have written about previously, the fact that UAS are defined as aircraft means that this statute, with a 20 year maximum penalty, applies to one who attempts to take down a UAS!