…”We are now 145,000 hectares,” [Land Manager Carlos] Castaneda says of the conservancy. “It’s like a small country in Europe.” (Or, to put it another way, a third of the size of Rhode Island.)
Castaneda has just five rangers to patrol and monitor the 550-square-mile reserve. The land trust is in the middle of a jungle with no paved roads.
Flying cameras, Castaneda says, will allow his team to quickly investigate reports of deforestation. “We can go straight to the point, not just walking everywhere trying to find it in the forest.”
Hi everyone, I wanted to post a number of links to news articles from the past year which highlight the roots of Linn Aerospace. We are proud to be born from aircraft which have been used in wide-ranging roles from monitoring a coal ash spill in the Dan River in central NC to monitoring rainforests in Southern Peru.
- Drones will keep a flying eye on ecosystem
- Aftermath of coal ash pond rupture
- Ash spill shows how watchdog was defanged
- Eyes in the skies
I wanted to make a post to keep you abreast of the current government regulations and the changes we will be seeing over the next few years. Currently, the regulatory climate in the US is quite hostile to the commercial use of unmanned aircraft. In general, the regulations are as follows:
- No commercial use is allowed without special exemption from the FAA, which is very difficult to obtain
- Permitted operations must remain within unaided line-of-sight of the pilot and under 400 ft AGL
- Commercial users must apply for specific authorization for each geographic area in which they want to fly
Fortunately, the FAA is working (slowly) to produce sensible regulations regarding the use of unmanned aircraft in US airspace. Within the next 1-2 years we expect to see the following regulations in place:
- Commercial use of small unmanned aircraft (under 55 lbs) will be routinely permitted
- Pilots will be required to pass a knowledge test and be licensed by the FAA
- Operation will still be limited to unaided line-of-sight and below 400 ft AGL
- Operations will not be limited geographically, except for areas in already-restricted airspace
These proposed regulations will provide a great deal more flexibility to commercial operators, but will still severely limit the development of more advanced aircraft capable of safe beyond-line-of-sight operation and many mapping and surveying applications.