Interview with Leslie Bates, Drone Enthusiast

We wanted to do this interview with Leslie Bates, Drone Enthusiast, because she is similar to many others seeking to learn more about drones.  Her enthusiasm, her passion for learning, can provide a great approach for others to follow. Q. How did you get started in this space? For the past 15 years, I have worked in the energy management industry. In the spring of 2014, I began to notice references to UAS and drones related to energy issues. I started researching the industry and was instantly intrigued. The more…

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Opinion: The FAA continues to misunderstand drone hobbyist

[interlink] According to the Tampa Tribune the FAA has sent a warning letter to Jayson Hanes, a drone hobbyist, stating: “This office has received a complaint regarding your use of an unmanned aerial vehicle for commercial purposes referencing your video on the website YouTube.com, as evidence. After a review of your website, it does appear that the complaint is valid.” Also according to this article, Hanes has attempted to reach out to the FAA who has not responded to his request. Drone hobbyist/enthusiasts fly their vehicles in hopes of seeing…

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