The FAA will be reviewing if the local agency will be facing any disciplinary action for demonstrating a new drone to reporters. The Sheriffs department currently uses 18 full-size helicopters but seems to never be enough. Using drones outfitted with pan and tilt cameras will provide additional surveillance capabilities.
A private citizen can go to the store and buy one of those model airplanes and fly them around. But because we’re doing it as a public service, we have to deal with the FAA?