Are Hobby Drones Dead?

As I watched the guy unpack his Phantom 4 drone in the middle of a gorgeous valley in Mongolia, I thought: I came out here to get away from people like this. Here we were, far from LTE reception, watching wild horses run. Beautiful stuff. Then the dude’s propellers start their power-tool whine as his drone whips around the sky, all so he could pretend to be David Attenborough for his Instagram followers.

I’m saying, I kind of get why the Federal Aviation Administration and Congress are changing the rules for drone operation. The literature is a mess of initialisms (FAA, AMA, DHS) and legislation (Bill S.2836, Section 336, Part 107), but the proposals come down to restricting where people can fly drones, and how much government approval pilots will have to earn in order

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