A 19-year old tech wiz literally launched a drone advertising company by setting one free on the Las Vegas Strip.
The only problem is, his drone was in violation of FAA policy.
The FAA’s line in the sand differentiating commercial drones from model aircraft flown as a hobby is in its potential to make money.
But it’s not a hobby when “receiving money for demonstrating aerobatics with a model aircraft,” “a Realtor using a model aircraft to photograph a property that he is trying to sell and using the photographs in the property’s real estate listing,” “delivering packages to people for a fee” and “determining whether crops need to be watered that are grown as part of a commercial farming operation.”
It does seem a bit strange to me for the FAA to be regulating devices that only hover 20 feet above the ground. It seems like the thinking and coordination that need to go into these types of craft is very different from other aviation issues.
Click through to see a picture of the device. It’s pretty wild.
The most disappointing thing I learned from the article is that the FAA banned the Cosmopolitan from delivering drinks to the pool via drone.