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    Anyone into UAVs? Not the military missile-firing variety, but the increasingly affordable hobby type, from the Parrot AR Drone to the DJI Phantom. Photographers and videographers have captured some spectacular shots from the air.

    But our legislature is looking at several bills aimed at UAVs, most of them focused on privacy protections and a recent one aimed at law enforcement use.

    Now that these flying "toys" are within reach of the average citizen, will they become so popular as to become a problem? Or like most tech, is the media-fed specter of abuse far more dangerous than the reality?

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    I spy with my little eye drone.

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    The drones are very good tools for making videos of Real Estate tracts.
    The lil quad copters equipped with a cam can spotlight a nice
    location like nothing else.

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    Anti-drone bill shelved by state House
    http://www.kitv.com/news/antidrone-b...house/25065042
    "I'm not real sure what the solution is, but it probably has to be looked at because of the 'bad' people that can make it bad," said Hobbietat co-owner Paula Farm.

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    The drones are a very sophisticated system.
    Their operating systems may vary but usually a good shotgun blast from an over and under will cause problems for the pest.
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    Surveillance technology will only grow and improve.

    Either get used to it, and be 'good,' or suffer the consequences.
    The USA needs millions of "good little soldiers" who don't ask embarrassing questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lensperson View Post
    The drones are a very sophisticated system.
    Their operating systems may vary but usually a good shotgun blast from an over and under will cause problems for the pest.
    Side-bys and pumps work as well. If you have a good eye, autoloaders are unnecessary.
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    Civil Bytes: Thatís Not a Drone, Thatís a Researcher
    These glorified toys are helping researchers in Hawaii fight invasive plants, prepare for disasters and monitor beach erosion.

    For the average consumer, drones are just expensive toys for snowboarders and techies. But for businesses, researchers and government agencies, especially in Hawaii, theyíre the latest tool to help them work in faster, safer and cheaper ways.

    Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or quad copters, or remote-controlled planes or whatever you want to call them, are being used in Hawaii for some very interesting and cutting-edge tasks, from letting University of Hawaii researchers cheaply calculate rainfall runoff rates to helping the Honolulu Fire Department quickly identify smoldering hot spots during brush fires.

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    I have a DJI Phantom Vision 2 Plus and it's my first RC anything and I had my share of growing pains (crashes).

    I know that some national/State parks have bans where you can't fly them but I guess like anything else, as long as you fly your drone responsibly and think about the impact on the crowd/neighborhood/environment, you should be okay.

    I don't condone flying drones where the public may become uncomfortable, like close up where women would be sunbathing and such (they might think you're being Sukebe'). Start at an open and wide park, fly at a modest altitude, and if you intend on flying on any state park, it's a good idea to simply ask questions and have a flight plan by recon'ing the site should they have questions.

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    There should be no drone zones in residential areas including high rises as well as near single family homes and of course away from all commercial and military aviation routes. It's a matter of privacy and public safety.

    I heard one good shot from a high powered Super Soaker gun filled with water can bring a low flying drone down. Or maybe a garden hose with a high pressure nozzle.
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    Agreed.

    However I shot some really nice videos during the holiday season in some areas where I actually asked for (military) permission through the PMO office and such. High rises are a big no-no, too much risk involved.

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    A link to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) a lobbying organization advocating for our privacy rights.

    They have a section on drones:

    https://epic.org/privacy/drones/

    ...drone surveillance often occurs without the knowledge of the individual being monitored....

    Aeriel surveillance of drones within the United States raises significant privacy issues.
    It is a complex web of many issues that will probably need to be all figured out in court.

    To me it would seem the safety issues will be easier to address especially regarding drone flights near or over commercial airspace.
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    Leo Laporte, the Tech Guy talks about 4 drones that intruded into the airspace that interrupted fire fighting operations.

    https://youtu.be/A6ecVRWRgPU

    Someone suggested that a transponder be mandated as standard equipment on all drones so that the owners are identified.

    Another IMO is to have all drones registered with the FAA much like how regular aircraft are.
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    It's about time... a brick-and-mortar store and service center for consumer drones:

    http://www.hawaiiweblog.com/2015/08/...es-plus-hawaii

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    Exactly! This is why I would support any legislation that would make it ILLEGAL to fly UAV (Drones) over and near any and all residential properties. Huge, huge privacy issues here as well as perhaps trespassing over private property.
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    I saw the Drones Plus sign a few months ago (April 2018) next to the 7-11 where Kapiolani Blvd and Atkinson Drive meets. When I visited the area there was nothing inside the store, even the 7-11 on that site was closed.

    Since July 2018 that site has been closed off and a sign on one of the buildings says that area will have new construction.

    Clicking on the link below still shows an article but the links in that article to Drones Plus Hawaii says that the dronesplus.com domain name has expired.

    Quote Originally Posted by pzarquon View Post
    It's about time... a brick-and-mortar store and service center for consumer drones:

    http://www.hawaiiweblog.com/2015/08/...es-plus-hawaii

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    Iíve been trying to find someone to let me barrow their drone or come over and fly it themselves. I want it to inspect my roof. I live in a two story house and at my age I donít think I will climbing any ladders to get up there. There are many legitimate reasons to fly a drone in a residential area, such as photographing a house to put it on the market.
    Banning them in a residential area is pretty draconian. Can they be used to spy on people? Sure, but how is that different from a guy with a telescope looking in your window from across the street?
    As the drones become more prolific there will be laws controlling them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 68-eldo View Post
    Iíve been trying to find someone to let me barrow their drone
    I don't think that is a doable option, mainly because flying a drone is not like driving a rent-a-car.

    Anyone with a drone that is registrated with FAA is not going to loan you their drone.

    However you can buy a drone for around $80-$90 from Costco.

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    Encountered a place called Drone Services Hawaii which is located on 985 Dillingham Blvd. They have a web site at:

    https://droneserviceshawaii.com/

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