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A drone for you, and a drone for me

By the year 2015, drones will be allowed to take to the skies above standard U.S. airspace.

The FAA estimates that approximately 7,500 drones will flood the skies when the law goes into effect. Already, colleges that offer courses in drone piloting have filled up with applicants hoping to become part of the 1st generation of private drone pilots, with salaries expected to stretch into the six-figure range.

So what are drones good for, and should you be worried? To answer your first question, drones are particularly great at a wide range of dangerous flying, such as surveillance over areas recently hit by natural disasters, war-torn regions, volcano monitoring, etc.

Granted, those are a very small portion of what airplanes actually do, but you get the idea. Drones can boldly go where no man is able to, and effectively so at that. Since drones don’t require such niceties as life-support, cabin-pressure, etc, they’re able to maximize their fuel efficiency and save on flight costs.

Flying for extended periods of time can drain a pilot’s vitality, thus drones will soon become a godsend for cargo pilots, construction workers, aerial mappers, etc. They’re also small enough to be 100% electric, which will give a boost to alternative energy transportation. To answer your second question, it’s a scary prospect, to be sure.

When we don’t know who’s behind the remote control, it’s easy for us to panic and go to dark places in our minds. However, rest assured that drones will certainly become one of the most scrutinized areas of transportation in the coming years, since you aren’t alone in your distrust.

You may be interested to know that warplanes and police surveillance isn’t where the potential for drones begins and ends. On the contrary, tons of new companies are sprouting up with the promise of creating drones for recreational use. For example: a drone connected to social media that takes perfect, timely pictures of you whenever you want it to, or a drone that goes jogging with you and encourages you along the trek, gives you realtime feedback, and more.

Drones shouldn’t have to be scary, although I imagine that until we actually see how useful they can truly be, we’ll always remain skeptical.

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