In this week’s public safety column, Steve Rhode writes about what’s most important in developing a safety culture in the drone industry. Pilots: know the FAA flight rules, and police yourselves.
The following is one of a biweekly series on public safety drone issues by Steve Rhode, Chief Pilot with the Wake Forest Fire Department and the North Carolina Public Safety Drone Academy, and founder of Public Safety Flight, a website dedicated to information about the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), UAVs, aircraft, and drones in public safety. (Not to be contrued as legal advice: please review regulations at the FAA government site.)
What is Important?
Sometimes, like today, I honestly feel like my drone flying duties are like juggling six flaming bowling balls and trying not to injure anyone. It can all become overwhelming balancing mission requests, the federal aviation regulations, and supervisors’ expectations.
As a public safety flight educator, I recognize a…