If I get a drone can I fly it?
In late 2014 I started thinking about drones. By “think” I mean it began to nibble on me the way things nibble when something is about to happen. I also figured new rules that came along might not apply to people who had a drone before ordinances and rules came into play. (wishful thinking…but I was hopeful!)
In January 2015 my Inspire 1 arrived. It was simply amazing. It was very responsive and gave me a view on the world (and my neighborhood) that I had not seen before.
Drones are funny things. They evoke a wide range of emotions. These come up rapidly. Often anger is part of the discussion.
The other side of this equation is that every time I have flown and people have been around the people have been curious, not hateful. They have been interested and not angry. Only one person got a little feisty when I was flying in public space, away from people. They declared certain things that I supposedly could not do, but it seemed that I knew a lot more about the ordinances and things than they did. That was only once.
Anyway, I do want to fly safe and I do want to fly legal. Since I live in Richmond County, Georgia I come under their ordinances. In Richmond County there is this golf course that draws a lot of attention: The Augusta National. There is this tournament here: The Masters. Well, it is a big deal and there are two issues that come up here. One is privacy and the other is safety. In the spring of 2015 and 2016 (just before the this tournament) the Augusta Commission has passed rulings on the drone use in our county.
As things turned out there was no grandfathering of us who owned these drones. I came up under them like any other.
2016 Richmond County Commission Drone regulation (This one is in effect)