It is no secret that drones pose a serious accident risk across the United States despite being a $140 billion industry and growing because their potential and fun are astronomical. These unmanned aircraft are said to be over 100 times more likely to crash. For more than a few years, drones remained virtually unregulated. However, the Federal Aviation Administration recently released a proposal to regulate drones instead of an outright ban.

An outright ban would have been absurd even for the goofy and borderline derelict White House.
New rules proposed by FAA
Under the proposed rules operators would need to be not less than 17 years old and will be only permitted to fly if they pass an aeronautics knowledge test. They will also be scrutinized by the Transportation Security Administration. According to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, the agency’s focus is on maintaining a high standard of aviation safety while every effort has been made to remain flexible while framing the rules.
A class! That is ridiculous.
Drone accidents plague the US military as well
Several types of drones are used by the US military, which include Altair, Prowler II, and Global Hawk. While they may have specific uses, they have the potential to cause serious injuries and damage in the event of a crash, risking the lives of California residents. In November 2013, a drone used by the USS Chancellorsville to test combat weapons systems off Point Mugu coast, crashed into a guided missile cruiser off the coast of Southern California.
Two sailors were hurt in the accident while the ship returned to San Diego for damage assessment. According to reports in the UT San Diego, the Point Mugu control room did not alert the ship that the drone failed, which was why the sailors were not prepared to protect the ship.
Misadventure of a drunken lark says the White House
While the US continues to battle against drunk driving, drunk droning seems to be another major concern. At the end of January, a drunken misadventure of a White House employee certainly had officials in a tizzy after a DJI Phantom he operated crashed on the grounds of the White House.
These are the same officials or in the same administration that failed to move America’s ambassador in Benghazi and who failed to protect him before he and several other Americans were murdered by terrorists. When it comes to their own safety, they think a little differently. The drone managed to escape radar designed to warn of larger threats such as missiles and airplanes.
If the White House was not too busy making golf appointments for the President they would perhaps radar designed for smaller threats as well according to radar designers.
Pilots report close calls
Even more disturbing is that according to the FAA, California pilots have had the most number of close calls with as many as 25 reported in 2014. There were 193 close calls reported all over the country. New York was close second with 20 close calls reported followed by Florida with 10. Could this be the first signs of a larger aviation accident?
Well, anyone who has a drone who is flying them that high should be liable if anything untoward was to occur according to many drone insiders.
President of the Airline Pilots’ Association, Captain Lee Moak says the situation is unacceptable and has also testified before congress on the dangers of the lack of drone regulation. Senate Bill 142 was introduced at the end of January by California State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson (D), in an attempt to regulate drones. The bill seeks to extend the liability of trespassing to drones and prohibit operations such as recording, photography, and data collection.
Drone crashes can lead to a variety of secondary accidents such as car mishaps and burn injuries. California accident attorneys urge anyone who has sustained injuries or damages after a drone accident to seek legal recourse immediately. The big picture is, drones are here to stay and their use will just become more varied and captivating.

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