Commercially available drones have changed the face of both photography and videography forever, providing laypersons with capabilities that were once the exclusive realm of Hollywood.
Not all of this accessibility is widely welcomed, however, and the largely unregulated industry regularly finds itself in the crosshairs of both the government and media watchdogs.
Regulating drone technology has become a hot topic on this website of late, and this is mainly due to all of the various schemes, both government-backed and private initiatives by the manufacturers themselves, to address the growing issue of unidentified drones making life difficult in sensitive airspace for pilots, law enforcement, and other public actors.
Not to mention the whole added layer that domestic terrorism concerns adds to the mix, coupled with the explosive growth in the nascent industry, some things seem to be moving too fast for both the public’s and the industry’s liking.
The United Kingdom has announced a drone pilot licensing program and has even suggested regulating private ownership of drones even further.