In Stephentown, New York, a group of drone pilot gathered. They came together to pilot their FPV (First-person View) fixed wing drones in a park field of NY-22. This peaceful gathering demonstrated the fun, positive qualities that consumer drones have.
“We fly it FPV, through this little camera here. The video transmits through this little antenna here,” said Josh Noone, drone pilot.
Josh, along with almost a hundred pilots from across North America are in Stephentown flying all kinds of FPV drones. Most build those foam “spec wings” themselves and most do it just for fun. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t concerned with the controversy surrounding drones.
In the media, drones generally get a bad rap. Furthermore, the FAA has strict limitations that require drone operators to jump through hoops if they’d like to start a commercial operation (commercial drone operations currently require a Section 333 Exemption.
“I just think the FAA has been dragging their feet on this technology for over ten years,” said Sloan.
Right now, each person interested in flying to make money has to get specific permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly. Sloan wants the FAA to relax the rules.
“I would like to see some common sense guidelines. We never have any need to go above 400 feet, manned aircraft have no need to come below 500 feet. There’s already natural stratification there,” said Sloan.
Public gatherings that highlight the positive aspects that drone have are a great way to educate the public. As part of the drone community, we all need to do our part.
About Stephentown, New York
Stephentown is a town in Rensselaer County, New York, United States. The population was 2,903 at the 2010 census. The town, which was originally Jericho Hallow in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was renamed for Stephen Van Rensselaer. The town is in the southeast corner of the county, and has a sign proclaiming it to be the only Stephentown on Earth.