We’ve been hearing about the growing popularity of drones for the last half decade. What started as a unique tool for the military worked its way down to the ordinary consumer. Drones have been used to spy on and fire missiles at terror targets, deliver packages for Amazon, provide internet to Third World countries, and drop medical supplies to those in unreachable areas. They’re also used for everything from regular recreational fun to competing in official drone racing competitions to filming commercials, shows, and movies.
The latest amazing use of a drone occurred the other day in Australia. Two teens caught in dangerous surf were saved when a new type of drone called the Little Ripper dropped an inflatable pod into the water. According to Ben Franklin, Parliamentary Secretary for Northern New South Wales, the boys were safe within a fraction of the time that a normal rescue operation would have taken. Off-shore operations like this one generally take about six minutes to complete. The use of the Little Ripper drone took only 70 seconds.
The FAA Drones On
Consumer drone sales over the last two years have skyrocketed. So much so that the Federal Aviation Association had to mandate that users register their “toys” (if they weigh between 0.55lbs to 55lbs) with them. There’s a lot of unmonitored traffic in the sky.
Accidents and complaints of drone harassment have increased with the multitudes of flying machines—and it’s only going to get worse as prices come down. That’s why the FAA is so adamant about registration. Failing to do so can cost you big time—up to $27,500! And if you have criminal charges, you could face a $250,000 fine along with a 3-year jail sentence.
Drone Alone: The Movie!
Okay, Drone Alone isn’t a major motion picture—however, never say never. Hollywood did, after all, subject the world to a film about emojis….. So, while we don’t have an official movie about drones themselves, there have been a host of films that show the use, misuse, and possibilities of the technology.
12 Movies That Feature Drones
- Blade Runner 2049
- Captain America: Civil War
- Captain America: Winter Soldier
- Eagle Eye
- Eye in the Sky
- Furious 7
- The Giver
- London Has Fallen
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
Do you own a drone? Would you like to? What do you (or would you) use your drone for? What you think about the technology today? Tell us about it in the comments section below.