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Posts Tagged ‘drones’

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Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 4.16.10 AMAs much as we appreciate a little freedom, we’re on board with what some may say are draconian measures to regulate quadcopter activity in US airspace released last week and set to go in effect tomorrow to spoil Santa’s surprise.  The new FAA rules require mandatory federal registration and marking for every UAV over a half pound and flown anywhere in the US, including the several million forecast to be sold this Christmas season.  Leaving aside the implications of what is essentially still a free-for-all despite mid-size UAV’s being perhaps the cheapest and most efficient terrorist weapon ever, we’ve already seen a drone crash into a racing boat at a world championship while its owner stayed silent when the call went out to claim it.  Something’s gotta give.

Our unique sport is uniquely situated to benefit from these great little bits of tech, and while the slightly annoying new registration requirements will be almost impossible to enforce, we agree with FAA that they will at least provide something of a ‘culture of responsibility’ for the tens of millions of drone owners already buzzing around out there. Plus the online registration takes five minutes and at five bucks, it’s dirt-cheap – and free if you register the first month of the program.  Fail to do it and get busted, and the fines can be as much as a quarter of a million bucks and prison.  Commercial users and non-US citizens, you’re shit out of luck – it’s back to the crazy-ass long form paper registration system for you.

UPDATE: Wanna blow UAV’s out of the sky safely?  How about this little number?

 

December 20th, 2015 by admin

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Sailing videographers have been fighting with drones for years now.  Fighting to try to get them to fly reliably in 15+ knots, fighting to get them to deal with salt spray environments and boat launching, fighting to keep their $2000 toys from turning into melted circuit boards when they inevitably hit the drink, and fighting against local and national governments who don’t want them up there unless they’re spying on you for the NSA.

But from this excellent video, it looks like the guys at Pigeon Vision may have solved many of these problems.  The video is so good that we’ve lifted our lifetime ban on any videographer who uses the most uncreative, overused song in the history of sailing videos as a soundtrack.  It’s nice work from one of the Caribbean’s great regattas, and a good opportunity to congratulate Miami’s Rick Wesslund’s and his all-conquering El Ocaso (in a new-to-him J/122 for ’14) on winning yet another overall Caribbean regatta with core crew Bob Hillier from Line Honors on the mainsheet and the world’s best 40′ handicap cruiser/racer tactician, Anson Mulder, calling the track.

 

March 11th, 2014 by admin

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