Drunk Droning is here!
Recently a drone was found on the grounds of the White House. Investigation revealed that it was an inebriated off-duty government worker. This month, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.
Under the new FAA proposals, drone operators must be over 17 and obtain a proper license before flying. Drones may only be flown in the day time at a maximum speed 100 miles per hour and at an altitude not exceeding 500 feet. What's more, he drone must remain in the operator’s eye sight at all times during operation. And, of course, there will be no “drunk droning”– careless or reckless drone operations will be prohibited.
The current unmanned aircraft rules remain in place until the FAA implements a final new rule. The FAA encourages new operators to visit: http://www.knowbeforeyoufly.org; You can view the FAA’s Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking later today at: http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/rulemaking/recently_published/ An overview of the Small UAS rule can be viewed at http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/rulemaking/media/021515_sUAS_Summary.pdf You can view the fact sheet at: http://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=18297
The term is quickly becoming an internet meme with sites like "Drunken Predator," a drunk droning doyen with its own Twitter feed. What's more, the term "droning" has taken on a slang meaning of its own. According to the Urban Dictionary it means, "[t]he act of being either drunk or high and just sitting around doing nothing. This is not something to be proud of, you aren't socializing with girls or doing anything progressive. You are killing your buzz and no one likes a drone."
We hope that you never find yourself arrested for drunk droning, but if you do please give Charlie a call at (937) 318-1384. Happy flying!