Eyes in the Sky!!
Drones, or unmanned aircrafts, have become incredibly poplar over the last few years. They are different from radio-controlled aircraft in they can be flown completely autonomously, can be used to assist firefighters and police, deliver packages, map property, monitor traffic and many other useful purposed, as well as be purely recreational. However, there are countless issues involved with their use, especially when it comes to privacy. A drone with a camera can be used to peek in windows , this is a serious privacy issue.
In 2014, there were 238 sightings of drones by commercial pilots; by August 2015 that number had risen to 650. California firefighters were hampered by drones while battling a wildfire; they could not use their aircraft with the drones in the air. Drones have been used to try to smuggle drugs, buzz a crowd of people, and injuries have occurred to bystanders at a few events. The FAA is working on outlining regulations for the operation of drones. Some places like the cherry trees in Washington, D.C., have been declared a no drone zone.
Insurance coverage for drones is tricky. Under the Homeowners policy there may be coverage for property damage as they could be considered a hobby aircraft, but they are no specifically defined. The same applies to liability coverage. Insurance companies ISO (Insurance Service Office) has developed exclusions for the commercial liability form that applies to drones. There are also endorsements that apply some limited coverage for drones on the commercial liability form.
Just like any new technology enhancements many good things can happen, but somehow bad happens along with the good. Please share your thoughts and feeling we would love to know what you are thinking.
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