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It’s now a well-accepted fact that manned drones are going to redefine the global transportation system sooner than later, by making it cheaper, faster and better integrated. Testing of manned drones is going on in different parts of the world. Related technological innovations are also enhancing the existing transportation landscape with every passing day. There is a welcome buzz all around, regarding the formation of market segments, framing of regulations and emission norms.

Lots of deliberations are also happening in another important aspect associated with commercial use of manned/passenger drones, i.e.; safety measures. It was realized worldwide a couple of years back that a safety framework should be in place for drones as well, to ensure the overall safety of the airspace. In September 2016- several parties in the manned aviation sector made a joint statement to support this initiative. In this statement, a host of measures were recommended to be incorporated in all drones.

We will discuss them briefly here-

 

1.   Compulsory Registration of all drones

 

Registration of all drones needs to be made compulsory at the time of the purchase or resale itself. This will enable the authorities to trace the pilot/owner and will ensure better compliance of rules & regulations.

 

2.   Spreading public awareness through extensive campaigns

 

Extensive awareness campaigns need to be organized to make commercial clients, recreational drone users and the general public aware of the duties, requirements, third party issues and risks attached to drone operations. This will prevent possible negligence from stakeholders when drones will be integrated into the airspace in the near future. 

 

3.   Licensing and certification

 

        Mandatory certification/licensing is required to ensure awareness and proper implementation of necessary skills and applicable regulations. Operating a manned drone must be reserved for people with authority permission only.

 

4.   Incorporating Technical  Limitations in performance

 

Technical limitations such as inbuilt distance, altitude and geo-fencing restrictions should be incorporated in the manned drones so that risks related to terrain, buildings and critical airspace can be reduced considerably. Up-to-date anti-collision mechanisms should be incorporated as well.

5.   Proper research to study the impact of collisions 

 

In-depth research needs to be done to assess the risk/damage associated with collisions of smaller drones with other types of manned aviation ( similar to bird strikes). Based on such scientific study and testing, further safety measures and regulations should be put in place.

6.   Effective enforcement of safety rules

Even the best-laid rules are useless, if not enforced effectively. Enforcers must be trained so that authorities can ensure the safety of manned drones and other third parties. They must be well-equipped as well to monitor compliance more effectively.

7.   Proper assimilation of recreational drones into National safety regulations

      Recreational drone flyers need to be fully integrated into the advanced National Flying safety regulations. As of now, recreational flyers are mostly restricted to spaces specifically designed for that purpose. A better streamlining and integration is required to bring them into the great ambit of National Flying Safety Regulations.

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you said cheaper...I'm totally hooked now cuz i'm all about cheap....how much will it cost me compared to my usual cab ride that is 40km one way? lets not get into poor weather scenarios at this point, as there are too many to discuss, but if its a well accepted fact that drones will be our new mode of transport, someone must have an idea on cost for my 40km trip.

 

 

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Wow, how insightful.

Next he'll tell us such useful facts such as "water is wet" and that "it gets dark outside when the sun goes down".

Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about Drones Captain Obvious?

It's like reading something from a 16 year old who thinks he has a new idea, lol.

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Wake up call. I keep hearing pilots tell us that drones will never replace pilots. The tech already exists. It’s the regs that need to catch up. Bye bye pilots. 

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3 hours ago, old said:

Wake up call. I keep hearing pilots tell us that drones will never replace pilots. The tech already exists. It’s the regs that need to catch up. Bye bye pilots. 

No, it's the "drones" that need to catch up to the regs.  

Sure, you can strap yourself to all types of flying contraptions and zoom around.  Doesn't mean that it's commercially viable or economical or safe.  The regs have been put in place over the decades after someone else paid the price. 

Having a ballistic parachute is a good start, but someone still needs to make the decisions.    

  

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On 8/27/2019 at 11:23 AM, Heliian said:

No, it's the "drones" that need to catch up to the regs.  

Sure, you can strap yourself to all types of flying contraptions and zoom around.  Doesn't mean that it's commercially viable or economical or safe.  The regs have been put in place over the decades after someone else paid the price. 

Having a ballistic parachute is a good start, but someone still needs to make the decisions.    

  

Deny deny deny. Buggy whip designers said the same thing 

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On 8/27/2019 at 11:23 AM, Heliian said:

No, it's the "drones" that need to catch up to the regs.  

Sure, you can strap yourself to all types of flying contraptions and zoom around.  Doesn't mean that it's commercially viable or economical or safe.  The regs have been put in place over the decades after someone else paid the price. 

Having a ballistic parachute is a good start, but someone still needs to make the decisions.    

  

Strap in? No body required. Sling jobs pilotless?watched them do it in Afghanistan with a remote operated husky. Made it look easy. 

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14 hours ago, old said:

Strap in? No body required. Sling jobs pilotless?watched them do it in Afghanistan with a remote operated husky. Made it look easy. 

Ya, that's not the drones we're talking about here and nor are they commercially viable.   

Hop aboard this contraption: https://www.scmp.com/video/technology/3024769/reporter-rides-chinas-ehang-flying-taxi-square

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