Drones are set to take the world by storm. At least most of the world anyway. The United States is lagging behind countries like Japan, the United Kingdom, and even Australia. In the US use of commercial drones is still not permitted.
Sure you can fly one as a hobby by following some FAA guidelines for safety, but the moment you use that model airplane or quad-rotor to make a few extra bucks you are out of line. Why? In the name of safety of course.
The US and FAA believe that private drones could interfere with other low flying manned vehicles, like helicopters and hot air balloons, which could result in a collision. The groups believe that US airspace is too busy to accommodate a group of private entrepreneurs to have a bunch of unmanned vehicles buzzing and whirling about.
It doesn’t matter if the drone is delivering pizzas, delivering water to folks stranded somewhere, or if it is taking a hammer to a contractor on the 16th floor of a building. The fact is there are practical commercial uses of small and mid-sized drones, and the government needs to get on them quickly. Why? Simply put, a country that wants to be at the forefront of technology needs to be able to adapt to the changing business landscape.
Moreover, the US has no issue spending money on drones for military purposes. So why not put those flying machines to some money making uses for private citizens as well.