Washington, D.C.—We have a full-blown crisis! We are being told that government must suddenly regulate and register the well over two million drones used by hobbyists, photographers, filmmakers and other ordinary civilians.
For over two years now we’ve heard the media tell us how these little pesky devices will bring down airliners, invade privacy and destroy our way of life. Pulling the puppet strings of the media has been the FAA and DOT.
Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel said it best back when he was Obama’s Chief of Staff, “Never let a good crisis go to waste!” This drone crisis is nothing more that a manufactured one.
The FAA has showered the media with their “facts” in that they claim there are well over 700 cases of near misses with airliners and other conventional aircraft.
Missing from these statistics are a single fatality, serious injury or even a report of notable property damage. Because drones have driven news stories like wildfire a child needing a Band-Aid on his nose from a drone propeller is automatically a national news story.
I guess nobody in the media noticed that there is not a single incident where a multi-rotor camera drone every touched any conventional aircraft, ever.
More importantly there is not a single identified suspect, prosecution, captured drone, video or even a photograph involving these near miss reports! Nearly everyone has a video camera in their pockets today but not a single image exists of drone misconduct?
Now there is a sudden rush to regulate and register every little drone in America! We are being told that this is being done in the name of public safety. Is it about safety or just a case of government selling us on more government? As you read this you know the answer, we’ve been had!
The reason for the sudden rush is simple. As each year drags on and there are no significant accidents to report or legitimate cases of privacy invasions discovered the need for regulation is non-existent. The taxpayers can’t then be fleeced over this manufactured impending doom.
Imagine the number of FAA and DOT agents that will be needed to register and inspect every drone in America? Politicians will be putting their relatives, friends and supporters in well paying government drone chasing jobs!
Then they will all take credit for the fact that there are no deaths, injuries or property damage as a result of their comprehensive drone enforcement activities! That’s how our government works!
In the meantime the morons in suits running our shrinking news organizations that helped to create this Drone Hysteria must continue spending millions leasing helicopters and crews to get images. Using drones would only cost a tiny percentage of what they pay now.
Conventional pilots run the FAA. They are all aware that drones will be eliminating a significant percentage of their jobs. They have an obvious conflict of interest here. It’s in their interest to slow the drone technology down as much as they can.
FAA regulations were all written in blood. They are based on actual deadly aircraft accidents. When it came to our little drones the FAA departed from reactive regulation to one of prior restraint. That’s un-American! So is the FAA stranglehold on the commercial use of a drone.
Will we wake up in time to keep the FAA in check? I doubt it.