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FAA: Recreational drone user must register and pass a test

"Yesterday, the Senate passed the highly anticipated FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 with an overwhelming majority. A large portion of the bill covered small UAS flights within the National Airspace System (NAS) and some major changes were included.

The Section 336 protection, which prevented the FAA from regulating model aircraft was repealed, closing the hobbyist loophole. The FAA has stated in the past that Section 336 presented a roadblock in its plans to have every drone adopt a universal remote ID system. Now with its removal, recreational users must register their drone and pass an Aeronautical Knowledge Test."

https://www.interdrone.com/news/dsp-resources/faa-rauthorization-act-of-2018-passes-with-new-provisions-for-drones/

The drone craze will soon be over.
Permalink Random Lurker 
October 5th, 2018 7:37am
>The drone craze will soon be over.

The anticipated fun was way more that the actual fun, it's just a thing that hovers about a bit and maybe shoots video.

I remember when I was around 10 fantasising about how cool it would be to have my own personal Thunderbird-1 follow me about, the reality is, ok, what now?

Remarkably, the geeks have managed to produce drones that do exactly this.

The sad reality is nobody cares.

You're left admiring the cleverness, but that's all there is.

VR/AR will go the same way.

3D-TV already has.

The key to immersive experience is the compelling story, not the technology.

I've experienced complete immersion by simply reading a book, that's a pretty low-tech, low-bandwidth product.

Drones will join the bread-makers, yogurt-makers, golf-clubs, fondue-sets, slow-cookers, hula-hoops, digital-photo-frames, rotisseries, etc. taking up your garage space.
Permalink Grumpy Old Git 
October 5th, 2018 7:50am

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