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On the Horizon: Unmanned Vehicle Systems

July 20, 2010

This is an older article, but I feel it remains timely.  Pressure has been  building on the FAA to develop a licensing category for UAVS (unmanned aeriel vehicles) so that they may be utilized in US airspace.

http://news.cnet.com/2300-11394_3-6085259.html

As a follow up to the skyseer article above, I will mention that the Los Angeles county sheriff’s department and the FAA wound up somewhat at odds over the  project, which has since been suspended for the time being.  I chose “suspended” versus “terminated” because I believe that UAV’s will in fact eventually play a law enforcement role.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/space/4213464

 Although a strong advocate of personal privacy with some resulting concerns, I do believe that their use overall will prove beneficial.  During the Hurricane Katrina aftermath for example, UAV flights could of provided valuable insight into the deteriorating situation on the ground.  As a private investigator, I also see tremendous potential for search and rescue operations, combating insurance fraud, and a variety of other uses.  So much so, that I have joined  Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, and plan on attending a congressional hearing at the end of the month.

http://www.auvsi.org/AUVSI/AUVSI/News/fullarticles/Default.aspx#announcement1

On a side note, I had the unexpected pleasure to speak on the phone with Charles “Sid” Heal, a retired commander from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department regarding UAV.  We are in agreement regarding a bright future ahead for UAV’s  and the tremendous potential they offer to LE. 

http://www.la-sheriff.org/releases/124a-heal-cmdr-pr.htm

http://www.military-writers.com/charles_heal.html

Following our  conversation I did some background research on Commander Heal  resulting in a deep respect and appreciation for his efforts.  Charles “Sid” Heal doesnt strike me as a man who intends to slow down in retirement…   in fact you could say he’s really going places.  Currently Sid  is finishing up a 4000 mile bike trek to  raise contributions on behalf of  Haiti’s earthquake victims.  It’s good to be reminded America does have heros out there making a difference in peoples lives.

That reminds me, I really should send a donation to such a worthy cause.

http://www.glendoracommunitychurch.org/?q=node/75

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