Amazon Air Drone Delivery Service, Good or Bad idea…

Everyone is scared that one day robots will take over human jobs! well, I’m sorry to break the news to you but it’s here. Amazon is now testing their new Amazon Prime Air drone to deliver packages to people in the UK. this is going to replace a postman’s job and others like it. Before you know it, mailing anything could be all done by technology and no man power.

In the article,  “9 things you need to know about Amazon Prime Air drone delivery service”, it mentions that the customer would need a helipad in their garden. The problem with this is what if you don’t have a yard and you live in an apartment landing zonecomplex. Would this not apply to apartment/ condo owners? another reason why this wouldn’t work is, what if the person has a pet like a dog. the drone flying into their yard could potentially put their pets in danger and injury them unintentionally.

They also mention that deliveries would be tricky if the customer lives in a flat or tower block. This means anyone that lives in a city with telephone poles and other obstacles, it will be hard to fly the drone into their backyard. another issue that they forgot to address is if you live close or on a military base. In my opinion these drones would not be able to fly there due to restricted air space. This also leads me to believe that Washington DC would not be able to participate in this.

Amazon says that the drone will be able to detect pigeons and other birds but for some reason i don’t believe this at all. Most of the time birds fly in groups and i see a Lot of dronedrones coming into contact with these animals. This doesn’t leave out people that shoot them down for so called “prizes” since they are carrying packages.

One of their notable actions they said was that it’s going to be quick, very quick. That all depends on how far the drone has to fly and if it has enough battery to reach its destination. This also will vary on weather conditions. i can’t see any drone flying when its raining. that would not be practical.

Ultimately these so called “good aspects” of drone delivery have negative connotations and it seems that this article is trying to cover them up by giving you these outlandish ideas on how drone delivery is good.

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Truthful Tuesday: Watch Out For That Flying Amazon Package

“We must cut labor” – That’s the dreadful phrase we’ve all heard from our bosses at some point no matter where we’ve worked. In every business, the number one goal is to make money and the second goal is to save that money. What’s the best way to do that? To cut labor. Nowadays, more companies are turning to technology to replace workers in order to cut labor costs. Amazon has recently turned to drones. Sure, this seems quick, efficient, andLaborCost way less costly, but it can’t be that easy, can it? No, it can’t.

Daniel Johnson lists nine ways how Amazons drone delivery tactic could go wrong in his article, Amazon Drones: Nine Ways it Could go Horribly Wrong and we’ve got to  agree with him. Johnson lists several safety issues such as the possibility that a package could become loose from a drone and fall. Not only would it suck for the person who ordered the package, but it could fall on a pedestrian and cause serious injuries. Technology isn’t perfect and trusting a machine to fly large (or even small) packages above our heads doesn’t strike us as the greatest of ideas.

Johnson goes on to describe some possible security issues with industrial drone use such as hacking and theft. His point here is that if people can hack phones and computers, what’s to stop them from hacking drones carrying expensive packages? Not to mention, people are more likely to steal packages from a machine than from a person so if we eliminate the human deliverer, more packages are susceptible to theft. If a person is determined enough, they could break the drone and steal the package. So basically, Amazon would be saving money on labor costs, but probably spending twice that amount replacing stolen packages and their own drones. Seems a little ADronecounterproductive if you ask us.

Johnson’s simplest, yet most practical argument is the weather. It wouldn’t be sensible to seize deliveries every time thunderstorms arrive. Human deliverers can drive in rain, but it would be difficult for a drone to fly in rain or even protect a package from the weather. Humans are absolutely necessary for the safe delivery of packages. Drones can’t guarantee this type of safety so cheaper doesn’t always mean better. The industrial use of drones can seem quick and cheap but the negatives quickly outweigh the positives.

Informative Must Visit Website for New Drone Users

Know Before You Fly is an awesome group that provides all the must-know information new drone users need to safely operate their devices. This privately funded education campaign aims to “educate prospective users about the safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).” With hundreds of new drone users emerging each day this service is critical to the safety of Americans.

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Why Wednesday: Recreational drones are bad for the communities

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Drones as recreational use could be the new #1 hobby of 2017. Drones swept the world when they were introduced around 2012 to the public. The CIA has been flying unmanned drones over Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 for security purposes, but now any American can purchase a drone and start a hobby. Fortunately, the government has been getting stricter about drone use among the public. They implemented a step by step process of owning a drone that entails you to register it with the government and pay a fee. In this article by CBS, they interviewed a woman, Zoe Stumbaugh, who had a medical condition that forced her to be bed ridden for 2 years. She loved to ride motorcycles and couldn’t do that as her hobby anymore so she decided to pick up drone racing.

Why Drone Racing could be a bad idea:

Even though this type of racing is new and everyone wants to join this new wave, there are some dangers that pose a threat to bystanders. In the article, Drone racing gets off the ground, it wants you to picture 12 drones racing through obstacles. To me that is a recipe for disaster. Having that many drones in one race, there will be an accident. It could cost people way too much money and time if their drone were to be crashed. These things are not cheap. How many crashes would it take for a drone racer to quit?  Nick Horbaczewski, the founder of DRL (drone racing League) stated,” if it crashes, it actually explodes into a thousand pieces.” This poses a threat to any wildlife or animal vs dronedomestic pets that roam the lands where these races take place. These animals could mistakenly ingest tiny pieces and cause harm to the environment. The animals have enough problems with humans ruining their habitat. They don’t need these drone racers making it even harder. This sport, as it is fun, can be very dangerous to its audience. The speed at which drones race is an excessive speed finding their way through obstacles to where even a professional drone racer could make a mistake and take someone out. If it were to hit someone, that bystander could get a concussion or seriously injured. Even the operator could get a hurt by the props or getting electrocuted. These drones steer through these obstacles at speeds that exceed 60 mph. that’s fast enough to knock someone out if hit in the head. While most people believe drones are fun and enjoyable, there are major dangers that people don’t even think about until it is too late.

To back up this perspective of how Drones are a disaster, here are 12 reasons why the FAA hates recreational use of drones found on techrepublic.com

To further defend our point of view on recreational drone use, here are a few major issues that pose a threat to society from recreational drones.drone crash

In an article from the New York Times, they mention the possible risks from private drone users, such as colliding with a plane and endangering passengers and pilots. The FAA reported 238 sightings by pilots that said drones were dangerously close to their aircraft.

In Conclusion there are some individuals that could operate these drones within the boundaries that could keep these toys on the streets, but everyone learns this at a young age. “It only takes one person to ruin it for everyone else.” That is what the cartels are doing and other people that are flying contraband over jail walls.  here is an article that will make you change your mind on recreational drones. click here to read full article, Drone carrying drugs over border.

A 10 to 15 thousand flight… A hobbyist’s worst nightmare

dronefireOne writer from the LA times wrote that a local hobby man that fly’s drones actually interrupted a mission dealing with a wildfire in the San Bernardino community. When in the sky there are no set boundaries of flying your drone, especially since they have cameras on them that lets the operator reach further lengths. this hobbyist put peoples lives and belongings in danger.

The one quote that needs to be circulated around the country that was found in this article is,

” How many people do realize there are rules about use of drones in restricted air space and peeping on the neighbors?”

Read Full article here.

Truthful Tuesday: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane! Oh Wait…It’s a Drone

As the idea of drones are becoming more and more popular in todays culture, it is easy to get excited about wanting to own your very own. What we don’t take into consideration is exactly how dangerous the recreational use of drones actually is. In the article, Rogue Drones A Growing Nuisance Across the U.S. by Craig Whitlock, Whitlock addresses various incidents that have occurred because of recreational drone use. One of the major dangers with recreational drones is the danger they pose on other commercial aircrafts. Yes, droneplanethat means helicopters and airplanes. As if people don’t already have enough to worry about when on a plane, we have to start worrying about irresponsible and/or inexperienced drone users causing visual issues for our pilots.
Drones must be registered, but there are no required classes for users to operate drones. This poses a huge threat because, really, anybody can use a drone! How terrifying is that? In his article, Craig writes about an incident involving an inexperienced drone user running his drone into a woman at a gay pride parade. The impact of the drone knocked the woman unconscious! Now, we have to worry about drones while we’re in flight as well as on the ground. In another incident, a drone outside of a bar stalked a woman in Tampa before it crashed into her car. Bam, there’s another issue – security. Since drones are so easily accessible to use recreationally and anybody can get their hands on one, recreational drones pose a huge privacy issue. An individual who is pissedseeya off or creepy enough could easily obtain a drone to spy on or stalk their victim. Granted, drones are fairly easy to spot, but being followed by a flying object without knowing who is operating it is a terrifying feeling nevertheless. Even Michael Huerta, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration has been quoted saying, “I’m definitely getting much more concerned about it” when asked to speak about the issues revolving around drones. There may only be a small percentage of people who use drones irresponsibly, but that small percentage pose enough of a threat to society to ruin it for everybody. Stricter rules need to be placed in order to regulate who can and cannot use drones. Perhaps people should be required to attend classes and acquire licenses to own and operate drones. OR we could just stop letting civilians purchase drones and leave drone operations to the experts. Why even take the chance if we don’t have to?