CAPE ELIZABETH — Rather than create a new set of regulations for using airborne drones on town-owned property, the Town Council hopes to educate people about existing federal rules governing the devices. The town will also charge those who use drones for commercial photography and filming in Fort Williams Park the same fees that already apply for on-the-ground advertising and commercial work, which range from $250 to $2,000.During a June 5 workshop, the council also discussed traffic-calming measures for the town center, and heard recommendation to make Spurwink School the new home of the Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society. Chairwoman Jessica Sullivan said discussions about drone use at Fort Williams were spurred as far back as four years ago by concerns about safety and privacy from nearby residents. Formally known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems, drones are already subject to regulation by the Federal Aviation Administration and must be registered for commercial and … [Read more...] about Cape Elizabeth holds off on rules for drones on town property
New rules for drones
One of the biggest revolutions over the past 15 years of war has been the rise of drones -- remotely piloted vehicles that do everything from conduct air strikes to dismantle roadside bombs. Now a new generation of drones is coming. Only this time they are autonomous -- able to operate on their own without humans controlling them from somewhere with a joy stick. Some autonomous machines are run by artificial intelligence which allows them to learn, getting better each time. It's early in the revolution but the potential exists for all missions considered too dangerous or complex for humans to be turned over to autonomous machines that can make decisions faster and go in harm's way without any fear. Think of it as the coming swarm, and if that sounds like the title of a sci-fi mini-series, well, as we first reported earlier this year, it's already a military reality. We saw it with our own eyes and captured it on camera. This swarm over the California desert is … [Read more...] about New generation of drones set to revolutionize warfare
WASHINGTON - Small drones could become a familiar sight across the nation's skies if the government adopts proposals that are largely favorable to commercial use of the remote-controlled aircraft. An economic analysis by the Federal Aviation Administration envisions small drones - defined as those weighing 55 pounds or less - routinely taking off to perform aerial photography, crop monitoring and mapping, inspections of cell towers and bridges and many others commercial tasks. The FAA released the draft rules on Sunday. The rules have been in the works for years and were submitted to the White House budget office in October for review. They were revealed ahead of schedule Saturday when the economic analysis describing them was posted online by mistake. The rules will eventually open the national airspace to businesses that want to use drones to deliver packages, to take photographs or shoot video, reports CBS News transportation correspondent Jeff Pegues. Drones have been growing in … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo FAA unveils new rules for commercial drones, opening skies
WASHINGTON D.C. -- There will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the U.S. within the year as the result of new safety rules that opened the skies to them on Monday, according to a Federal Aviation Administration estimate. The rules governing the operation of small commercial drones were designed to protect safety without stifling innovation, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a news conference. Commercial operators initially complained that the new rules would be too rigid. The agency responded by creating a system to grant exemptions to some of the rules for companies that show they can operate safely, Huerta said. On the first day the rules were in effect the FAA had already granted 76 exemptions, most of them to companies that want to fly drones at night, Huerta said. “With these rules, we have created an environment in which emerging technology can be rapidly introduced while protecting the safety of the world’s busiest, most complex airspace,” … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo New FAA commercial drone regulations go into effect
LONDON -- The British Airline Pilots Association is warning of a looming catastrophe unless drones are subject to tougher regulations. The association demanded the compulsory registration of drones Monday after Gatwick Airport briefly closed its runway over safety concerns when a drone was spotted in the area. New FAA commercial drone regulations take effect Authorities diverted four EasyJet flights. One British Airways flight was sent to Bournemouth Airport. The union's flight safety specialist, Steve Landells, says the incident shows "the threat of drones being flown near manned aircraft must be addressed before we see a disaster." There have been several near-misses between drones and aircraft in Britain, with sheer chance averting collision in some cases. Under British rules, a drone operator must be able to see it at all times and keep them away from planes, helicopters, airports and airfields. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Airport drone sighting sparks demand for new rules in U.K.