By Chai Lin Kim SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Look up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane ,it’s a drone? That’s right, drones are starting to appear almost everywhere, those small driverless planes that can hover above just about any location. They’re being used by journalists, hobbyists, and the military.
The phrase “Unmanned Arial System” is probably unfamiliar to most people. It is the technical way the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) labels air drones.
People have accepted air drones so quickly that last holiday season and over 700,000 drones were bought for Christmas and Hanukkah, according to the chair of journalism innovation at Syracuse University communications school, Dan Pacheco.
There are even classes offering at Syracuse University about drones and not only that, drones are taking over so many areas of people’s lives. They are used by rescue teams in the military and used in firefighting, in agriculture, sports, and even Amazon and FedEx are looking to start air drone delivery soon.
However, Pacheco said that journalists have restrictions to use drones to cover their stories. “They legally can’t use any of the footage, technically they are not even allow to fly their own drone until they get a section 333 exemption from the FAA and file their final flight plan.”
Pacheco believes that journalists will soon be using air drones to cover stories in the future because the big media organizations such as USA today, the Washington Post, CNN and The New York Times are working with the FAA to find ways to illegally use the drones.
The president of Skyworksproject at Syracuse University, Kyle Foley said that the drones will have a big impact on farmer, which helps to grow crops more easily from scanning up in the sky. It will also help the firefighters to direct the airplanes for suppressing the forest fire.
Another big news is going around for past few years about amazon prime air delivery system. There are many voices going around for good and bad sides.
The delivery system will help the traffic on the road and it would also be so much convenient for the consumers because they can purchase something and it would show up right at the door step, Kyle Foley said.
If there is a good side, there is always a bad side. Syracuse University Mechanical and Aerospace engineering professor Amit Sanyal said, “All of it does use GPS, without GPS, they are blind.” Therefore, if there are the places where it has low GPS signal, they could drop the packages in someone else’s.
Drones are taking so many possessions of people’s life nowadays. Even there are some issues right now, it appears they are here to stay. FAA just need to quickly develop fair and safe rules for drone users in the future.