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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry David View Post
    Perhaps you could contact Richard Branson so that you could make some money with them.
    Yup. I can imagine that somebody is already working on this. More power to 'em. I would suggest, though, that with every thing else going on, drones are the least of our problems. However, I can well imagine some nerdy-macho someone getting into the "my drone shot your drone down" thing. Especially in the middle of the apocalypse.

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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Stewart View Post
    Commercial drones would be too high to shoot down, but your DIY drone would be. All unmanned operations above 500ft(sic) require FAA approval. Either risk get shot down or get dinged by the FAA. Worse if you had a collision with another aircraft. Something operating out of controlled airspace.

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    I'm joking. Commercial drones don't fly so high that they can't be touched. Altitude isn't the problem. Identification and targeting would be a bit problematic, but not insurmountable. Drones are the least of our problems here. I do think it's funny to think of someone out in their backyard with a shotgun having a go at them, though. I love shooting clays. Wouldn't care in the least for a visit from the darkened glass Suburbans, though.

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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Binary_Digit View Post
    Deer Trail, CO. is considering an ordinance that would grant hunting licenses to shoot unmanned government drones. The FAA threatens criminal and civil liability for the hunters, as though they shot at a manned aircraft.

    Deliberate destruction of government property, or righteous civil disobedience? Personally, I think the drones are unreasonable search because no warrant was issued, and unconstitutional laws should be disobeyed until repealed. But this has a public safety issue that sort-of muddys the water.

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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    I would hope that there is a height below which it is illegal to intrude over someone's property. I would guess that intruding below that minimum height that would be considered trespassing and the property owner has a right to take some action. There may be more aggressive actions legal in a stand your ground state.

    However, using a rope or net to catch to catch the drone seems safer and more justifiable legally.

    I would like to see citizens use their own drones to fly over the homes of the public officials supportive of the recent expansion of domestic surveillance programs that include people who are not under any suspicion. Small remote control helicopters with cameras are available and relatively inexpensive.
    That's my feeling. If the are "justified" to fly over my property when I have done no crime, I should also be justified in taking it down.
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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by ksu_aviator View Post
    Plus, are you certain you can tell the difference between this passenger aircraft and this drone?



    Yes.

    Anyone who is well versed in identifying aircraft, at least, can absolutely easily tell the difference. I've never even studied those two types of aircraft and can spot a lot of noticeable differences.

    Hell, even those not well versed in spotting aircraft - but able to recognize patterns - could do that fairly easily - they're similar, but not so similar it's impossible to distinguish the two.
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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Travelsonic View Post
    Yes.

    Anyone who is well versed in identifying aircraft, at least, can absolutely easily tell the difference. I've never even studied those two types of aircraft and can spot a lot of noticeable differences.

    Hell, even those not well versed in spotting aircraft - but able to recognize patterns - could do that fairly easily - they're similar, but not so similar it's impossible to distinguish the two.
    I bet you can't do it at 10,000 feet.
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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Travelsonic View Post
    Yes.

    Anyone who is well versed in identifying aircraft, at least, can absolutely easily tell the difference. I've never even studied those two types of aircraft and can spot a lot of noticeable differences.

    Hell, even those not well versed in spotting aircraft - but able to recognize patterns - could do that fairly easily - they're similar, but not so similar it's impossible to distinguish the two.
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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    I would hope that there is a height below which it is illegal to intrude over someone's property. I would guess that intruding below that minimum height that would be considered trespassing and the property owner has a right to take some action. There may be more aggressive actions legal in a stand your ground state.

    However, using a rope or net to catch to catch the drone seems safer and more justifiable legally.

    I would like to see citizens use their own drones to fly over the homes of the public officials supportive of the recent expansion of domestic surveillance programs that include people who are not under any suspicion. Small remote control helicopters with cameras are available and relatively inexpensive.
    I don't know the answer to this, but my best guess is that... barring a warrant... standard safety guidelines would apply. Whatever those are, and also guessing that they may be relatively vague.

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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Yeah, but I'm thinking if one hundred to two hundred thousand or more folks applied it just might send a message to any law enforcement wanting to use the darn things.
    As someone else pointed out, there are only 550 people in the one county "offering" them. I highly doubt that all 550 people approve of these permits/licenses.
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    Re: FAA warns public against shooting guns at drones

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Unlike a helicopter a drone doesn't have to manned and can go places a helicopter can without being noticed.Drones can also be mass produced.

    Scenario (not totally unlikely): The FBI is using a drone to follow a known child rapist/killer who is suspected of having kidnapped another child and normally keeps the children alive to repeatedly rape before he kills them. The FBI is using a drone because a helicopter would be noticed much sooner by the suspect and the really want to follow him very closely to see if he leads them to the child.

    Some idiot shoots the drone out of the air because he/she feels it violates their privacy rights and the child killer gets away, goes towards the child before the FBI can find him again and kills the child. Yeah, long live civil disobedience!!

    Might be a bit far fetched, but with drones the police can much easier follow people and use observe properties suspected of crime to protect the public. Helicopters are useless because they are seen or heard much more easily and as you said they are expensive and not available in the numbers the police might need in a crisis situation.
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