We are implementing a drone lending program at my institution. I am familiar with the University of South Florida case, but does anyone else have a drone lending program in their library (preferably one that is not being held up by the FAA)?
The FAA’s position is as simple as it is inane. If a realtor films buildings for fun using a remote controlled quadcopter that’s legal. But if she takes that same quadcopter and films buildings as part of her job, that is illegal. If a farmer flies a model aircraft over his cornfield doing barrel rolls and loops, that’s legal. But if he uses the same model airplane to determine how to conserve water or use less fertilizer that’s illegal. This is government regulation at its worst.
The FAA decision is a reversal from the initiatives entertained at different universities:
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