It’s no secret that I am a big supporter of UAVs and all of their varied uses. There are very real issues that need to be addressed when it comes to airspace usage, and how they will fit into the National Airspace System. That being said, there are other issues being covered in the media that appear to not really be much of an issue.
One of the most common articles I can find as it relates to UAV complaints is the privacy issue. People seem to be under the impression that everyone who flies a UAV is just looking to be a peeping tom with really nice equipment.
Something that I find really interesting is that every article I have read complaining about privacy issues created by UAVs cites different examples of criminals being caught because of a UAV. It is never a story about some normal person having their picture taken, but of somebody breaking the law, that gets caught on accident.
Honestly, that just reaffirms how important I think UAVs are. Maybe we will be able to catch even more criminals, and maybe some of those people will even think twice about committing a crime in the first place.
Apparently, people aren’t nearly as worried about their privacy as the media would like you to believe. In one article from a local paper in Syracuse, NY they repeatedly mention that there has been little to no objection from the locals. The article says that after the paper wrote two separate articles about drone training in their county the readers, “…barely batted an eye.”
Now if the media would stop wasting our time trying to make us worry about something that does not concern most people maybe we can focus on the real issues, and make UAVs a safer and more effective part of the aviation world.