The man accused of ambushing and shooting to death two New York City police officers before killing himself was arrested twice in Springfield.
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.