Drones, Drones, Drones

We have seen the popularity of drones increase. We see them in the mall, people flying them in the park, we here about them on the news. There are various types of drones: attack drones, crowd control drones, delivery drones, monitoring drones, photography drones, and the list goes on. Drones are useful. Drones are interesting. Drones are cool. But what exactly is a drone?

A drone is an unmanned aircraft preprogrammed with a flight plan, in which the aircraft would fly in either a straight line or around in circles until the engine would run low on fuel, and then the drone would land. The more common definition of a drone is any unmanned robot either preprogrammed or remotely controlled. Drones have been here for years dating back to WWI. In recent years, drones have expanded from primarily being a military/business tool to a recreational/hobby novelty.

The increasing number of drones have caused quite the problem for commercial aircrafts. Drones have been flown dangerously close to airfields violating several regarding their operation. Monroe Regional Airport wants you to safely fly your drone. Before your drone takes flight review the provided document: MLU Drone Policy and familiarize yourself of the FAA airspace requirements for drone use: www.faa.gov/uas/tfr. For further information on drone usage visit www.faa.gov/uas.

 

Sources:

http://www.faa.gov/uas/faqs/

http://www.dummies.com/consumer-electronics/drones/what-are-drones-2/

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/unmanned-drones-have-been-around-since-world-war-i-16055939/?no-ist

http://www.cbsnews.com/media/5-issues-drones-will-have-to-navigate/

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