Field of drones

From gathering agriculture data to surveillance, more states are using drones. Do the merits drown out calls of caution?



Look above, drones might be coming to a neighborhood near you! From Hawaii to New York, the Federal Aviation Administration has approved six testing sites - a move which has prompted debate over state drone regulations. Advocates say it’s necessary to develop drones for agricultural and commercial purposes. However, skeptics are flagging potential privacy abuses. 

On this episode of The Stream, we'll speak to:

Mike Toscano @AUVSI
President and CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
auvsi.org

Vanessa Chong @acluhawaii
Executive director, ACLU Hawaii
acluhi.org

Ray Bedard
Specialist faculty, Flight Training Program Development, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Charles Devaney
UAV specialist, Skyeye

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Click on the map points to find out more about the drone testing sites.

Key

  • Triangles: 6 drone testing sites chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration
  • Circles: Additional test site locations proposed by the chosen states
  • Green: The University of Alaska, which proposed testing in Hawaii and Oregon
  • Red: Virginia Tech, which proposed testing in New Jersey
  • Purple: States with no additional test sites

Sources:

Unmanned drones coming to N.J. skies as FAA names test sites (The Star-Ledger)
Drone testing sites named (The Bulletin)
Hawaii among states selected by FAA for drone testing (Star Advertiser Honolulu)
FAA selects unmanned aircraft systems research and test sites (Federal Aviation Administration)
Aloha, drones: Hawaiians welcome and fear flying robots (Al Jazeera America)

Sources:

The economic impact of unmanned aircraft systems integration in the United States (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International)
Aloha, drones: Hawaiians welcome and fear flying robots (Al Jazeera America)

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