The 2 Biggest Myths About Drones

Most people only know drones through what they see on TV. But there’s much more to UAVs than that.

Myth 2: “UAVs are toys.”

The flip side of certain opinions that drones are only used for malicious purposes is the one that views them as toys. Let’s be clear: they are aircraft, and operators have to treat them as such! Even though they are small, they can still cause a lot of damage in the wrong hands.

As the FAA struggles with the right mix of regulations, new uses are found on a daily basis — and not all are safe. The problem is really not with industries trying to use them for monetary gain; they will abide by whatever rules are out there (and if they don’t, as in any other business, they will close doors rapidly). The problem is really with the mass-public recreational users.

Again, many of us are using UAVs in a very responsible way, but just like people flashing aircraft with laser pointers because its “fun,” they also fly UAVs in irresponsible ways. This is what personally scares me the most, since enforcing anything is very difficult the way the “system” works today. How are those people caught? How do you really trace anything back?

The first step is the self-imposed registration, but someone not wanting to follow the rules wouldn’t register in the first place. Unfortunately, this will probably plague us for a while until a better solution is found.

No matter what side you’re on, arguments for and against the use of UAVs are all over the place. In the end, we will just need to accept that they are here to stay, and we need to put the right controls and balances in place to use them responsibly and educate the public on their positive impact and value. 

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Bio: Andy Von Stauffenberg is the CEO Of VStar Systems.

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