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Discussion in 'FAA News, Opinion and Articles' started by Rotorruss, Feb 4, 2018.

  1. Rotorruss

    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member I

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    Exuma Guy Hangar Silver Member V

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    Couple of points to ponder....
    1) Look at most of the designs being shown for passenger carrying drones, especially the ones with only 1 motor in each of 4 corners. What happens if a motor or it's controller fails? Death....
    2) What happens in the rain? GPS signals can be blocked by heavy precipitation. Heavy Precipitation also degrades the propeller performance of the rather small props that are turning high rpm's. Look on Youtube for drones flying in the rain- Not many there because water inevitably gets into the electronics and bye-bye drone.
    3) Thieves already steal parcels off porches. It won't be long before they start downing drones to steal the parcels.
    4) Battery technology for most drones is realistically 30 minutes at the most if carrying weights such as people or heavy parcels. Drones typically fly at 40 knots most. That puts an effective range at about 10 miles (out and back). This might work in a big city but not in a rural place.
    5) When these practicalities are eventually encountered, the initial good media coverage of the 'gee whiz' new technology will turn quickly to bad publicity for the companies involved.
    6) Did anyone mention the airspace conflicts yet? Or the fact that obstacles such as power lines and trees aren't charted very well and therefore are not in navigation databases?
     
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    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member I

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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    If drones are approve, then the accident rate will govern whether or not they will continue.
     
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    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member I

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    ... especially if they take out a manned aircraft or civilian on the ground! Grounding there will be??
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    We know they will. The first law suites will be in the news big time as a drone hit's little Johnny in the back of the head on his bicycle;)
     
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