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Businesses Keep Close Eye On Springfield Drone Case
As businesses consider new ways to commercialize drones, individuals also are toying with them more, especially as they become cheaper.
Thatâ€™s raising safety and regulatory concerns.
Last weekend, Springfield police charged a drone hobbyist with a felony for obstructing official business.
They say the operator refused to land his drone as a medical helicopter neared the scene of a traffic accident.
He disputes the charge.
Among those closely watching the case is Michael Hach, the CEO of a Cleveland company that offers real estate and surveying services, using Unmanned Aerial Systems, or U.A.S. for short.
â€œBecause right now, flying a UAS is legal for recreational and commercial use,” Hach says.
Hach is concerned that the careless actions of a few could lead to overly tight regulations for others.
He says his company adheres to guidelines established by the FAA.
â€œFor example, we donâ€™t come within five miles of an airport, and we always fly below 400 feet,” Hach says.
“And we have a set of guidelines that we personally use separate from the FAA such as a pre-flight checklist to make sure weâ€™re safe. Usually thereâ€™s one person who flies, and the other person has a separate controller for the camera.”
Some states are considering laws that would limit commercial and private uses of drones.
Colorado prohibits use of them as a tool in hunting;
Illinois bans using them to harass hunters.
A bill pending in Ohio would regulate the use of drones by law enforcement.