A recent post reveled that Congress has demanded that the FAA prepare our U.S. skies to receive thousands of drones within the next nine month, as the military returns with thousands of the things from Afghanistan and Iraq. From the sound of it, we’ll look up and be unable to see any blue; it’ll be horizon to horizon flying objects of all sizes, colors and types peering or perhaps, peeing down on us 24/7. That’s enough to assure $4.50 gas all by itself, seems to me. And what will the EPA have to say about the exhaust fumes? Bet they aren’t even aware yet.
But as with most things, enthusiastic entrepeneureal types haven’t waited for bureaucratic government; they’ve gone ahead on their own. Animal Rights Group Says Drone Shot Down covers one instance in the news. See, these Passionate Pigeon Protectors were gonna put their moves on a private pigeon hunt via the latest high tech tool, a helicopter drone. But being bigger hearted than brained apparently, they took a bit much for granted. They hadn’t thought that their flying device appearing at a bird hunt was just one more flying target to the bird hunters on the job and trained for the task. Shots rang out per the story, from cover. And by the time the hapless Pigeon Protectors could reach the scene, nothing was left but the sound of people departing on small machines, and a dead heli-drone.
Any report that the Protectors were considering replacing the heli with a Predator are pure speculation, as also is the statement that hunters bringing down a drone were credited with three pigeons though they had to eat hamburgers for lunch.