Kea think they are food and pigeons try to mate with them.
Proves my point
"The owner of the device told authorities he did not know about the controlled airspace or the rules about flying a drone."
So the operator didn't even bother to familiarise themselves with the rules about flying a drone.
I don't fancy the idea of coming across a drone when I'm trying to relax or hd ung dime solitude.
However, I think they're a wonderful tool for the likes of surveying in the back country.Edited: 01 May 2017, 13:14
We were enjoying a pleasant moment at one of the lookouts on a scenic route a few weeks ago. Such a peaceful moment soaking in the incredible beauty of New Zealand and enjoying the calm you can find on the South Island. There were other tourists around, but everyone else was just enjoying the scenery like us. Then a guy pulled up with his drone and the moment disappeared. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
And speaking of waiting for people to get out of the way, my husband is very big into photography so we made a stop at the famous tree in Wanaka so he could set up some nature shots. Of course others were walking around and getting their own pics so we expected to wait a bit to get the right angle without too many people about. But one woman was standing right next to the tree, making her boyfriend take picture after picture after picture. I am not exaggerating when I say she stood there for 30 minutes, oblivious to everyone around her waiting to take pictures without her bright teal blazer in view. And they were using a cell phone camera, so it wasn't like some artistic shoot. It's troubling how many people lack the ability to consider how their actions affect others.Edited: 01 May 2017, 14:11
I've been thinking: it is far better for everyone concerned to get a rifle and go drone hunting than, say, pig hunting. More fun/challenge than clay pigeons as well.
Drones obviously have their uses. I believe they are good for finding hot spots in bushfires and the Dunedin Cathedral used one last year for checking the building, easier than scaffolding. They should be used by licensed responsible people. I think we take photos and movies to remind us of what we saw or perhaps show to family and friends. So if I film out of a helicopter in which I am flying that is a memory but using a drone is not a record of my personal experience.
That FJG story is shocking as public safety was put at risk.
According to another report the drone was hovering directly over the helicopter landing pads! That is just downright plain stupidity. It should have been taken off the tourist and destroyed.
You don't need a rifle Barry. Had one heading our way so I fetched a slingshot I had made especially for the occasion. Checked the area behind it. It took 1 attempt and the owner hot the message.
They are useful tools in the right place. However encroaching on my privacy is not their right place. A few months ago NZTA prosecuted someone for flying down the new stretch of motorway at Belfast.