Local Police Departments Being Recruited By FAA To Police Drones (sUAS)

Morton is assigned to the FAA’s UAS Integration Office. His presentation, titled “Integration of UAS for Law Enforcement Applications,” drew an audience of police and law enforcement officials. He told attendees that the FAA wants police to report any sightings of small UAS flights.

After Pirker Setback, FAA Plans UAS Policy Notice | Aviation International News

Hot Air Balloon in Santa Rosa from above

Hot Air Balloon in Santa Rosa from above – onboard a sUAS (small unmanned aerial system)

Should Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Be Part Of Journalism’s Toolset?

Video screengrab of initial construction of the Graton Casino in Rohnert Park in 2012 - taken from amateur suas footage.

Video screengrab of initial construction of the Graton Casino in Rohnert Park in 2012 – taken from amateur suas footage.

A great deal of reporting is being done lately on the value of “drone journalism”. Coupled with the FAA’s legal wrangling over the actual legality of such newsgathering, we’ve got ourselves a First Amendment issue, folks.

This video was gathered by yours truly in June 2012 to document the progress of SMART working on improving our local railroad infrastructure:

The FAA thinks this should be illegal.

They also think this should be illegal:

What do you think? Do you have archival or newsworthy “suas” (small unmanned aerial systems) video to share with a larger audience?

Commercial Drone Pilots Cheer Judge Overturns Fine Against Pilot

Media line up to oppose drone ban – BakersfieldCalifornian.com.

Drone Journalism: Media Groups Raise First Amendment Concerns

AMICI Brief by Media Industry

MAKE leaving Sebastopol. But was it ever really there?

Dale Dougherty of Maker Media

Dale Dougherty of Maker Media


Maker Media leaving Sebastopol for Berkeley | The Press Democrat

I’m sad to see something as cool as MAKE and Maker Media leave Sonoma County. However, the unfortunate fact remains that, as businesses with eyes towards a national & international niche, neither Maker Media nor O’Reilly Media seem very invested in their surrounding communities in the first place. Regardless, I wish them the best of luck, and hope maybe we’ll see their influence back in Sonoma County some day. ~jake