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Air Natives – Drone Videos
A drone, in a technological context, is an unmanned aircraft.
UAVs typically fall into one of six functional categories (although multi-role airframe platforms are becoming more prevalent):
- Target and decoy—providing ground and aerial gunnery a target that simulates an enemy aircraft or missile
- Reconnaissance—providing battlefield intelligence
- Combat—providing attack capability for high-risk missions (see Unmanned combat air vehicle)
- Logistics—delivering cargo
- Research and development—improve UAV technologies
- Civil and commercial UAVs—agriculture, aerial photography, data collection
What is a drone?
Drones are more formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Essentially, a drone is a flying robot. The aircraft may be remotely controlled or can fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded systems working in conjunction with GPS. UAVs have most often been associated with the military but they are also used for search and rescue, surveillance, traffic monitoring, weather monitoring and firefighting, among other things.
More recently, the unmanned aircraft have come into consideration for a number of commercial applications. In late 2013, Amazon announced a plan to use drones for delivery in the not-too-distant future. Personal drones are also becoming increasingly popular, often fordrone-based photography.
USA – To operate a UAV for nonrecreational purposes in the US, the FAA requires operators to obtain a Certificate of Authorization
Ireland – The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) requires specific permission from the IAA for all UAV operations. UAVs over 1 kg must be registered.
Netherlands – As of May 2016, the Dutch police is testing trained bald eagles to intercept offending drones.
South Africa – In April 2014, the South African Civil Aviation Authority announced that it would clamp down on the illegal flying of UAVs in South African airspace. “Hobby drones” with a weigh of less than 7 kg at altitudes up to 500m with restricted visual line-of-sight below the height of the highest obstacle within 300m of the drone are allowed.