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Over the many years that I've been training disabled veterans into becoming small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) commercial (FAA Part 107) operators with Wounded Eagle UAS, it's come to my attention that there is an amazing therapy treatment that physical therapists and those in the medical community are unaware of. A therapy treatment that strengthens/teaches eye and hand co-ordination, spacial thinking, muscle training and memory, dexterity, concentration, focus, and attention span along with employment and enhanced social enabling skills. Most all of my students have mentioned to me how flying sUAS had become something they not only enjoyed, but that it had become a form of therapy for them and how they looked forward to and enjoyed coming out to the field gaining more time in flight training operations. As they progressed in their flight skills, I would introduce them to flying via First Person View (FPV) and one of their comments was "it was like an out of body experience". This isn't some video game, this is real world! If ever there was a validation, this was it. Physical and mental issues such as Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other neurological disorders and cognitive abilities are difficult issues to cope or deal with, but has anyone (besides me) thought about the therapeutic benefits/value of flying/operating an sUAS along with FPV and what enjoyment this could bring to their patients and their treatment regimen? Think about it. Talk to any pilot and have them tell you about their joy of flight and they'll tell you there is no other experience like it. With a small unmanned aerial vehicle (sUAV) equipped with FPV and a head-tracking camera, you could take someone who's confined to a wheelchair and transform that chair into a pilot seat! You're flying through a giant TV screen that you saw aboard the USS Enterprise in Star Trek. Image soaring above the hills and valleys viewing in any and all directions, or over and through the trees in a challenging course. These are just some of the skills and aspects they could acquire, develop and enjoy. All while receiving therapy treatment! An example of one of the current therapies in practice with disabled veterans is "tying a fly" for tap water fishing. Not that I have anything against my fellow fishermen who enjoy lakes and streams (I'm more of a tuna/yellowtail guy personally and maybe a bit snobbish about it), but how often will they be able to go fly fishing as opposed to flying an FPV racer that can pop a "maximum" speed of 100mph and turn on a dime? And they could use their drone to troll lures around the lake for fishing (streams may be more problematic). Note, per FAA regulations, no sUAS should travel over 100mph. sUAS comes in many flavors and sizes and camera transmitters have become even smaller. There are 2 popular FPV drone sizes called micro drones that are as small as 65mm and 75mm with a 25mWatt camera transmitter that you can operate safely indoors. You could mount a more powerful camera transmitter to a fixed wing aircraft or multirotor and fly all over the place. If you have an extra set of googles, you can take someone along in the "jump seat". This is a 21st century treatment or tool for the therapist to have in their toolbox (or toy box). From my anecdotal experience, I believe they are missing a golden opportunity to discover another practical use for sUAS with the treatment of a variety of physical and mental disabilities. I'm reaching out to the medical community to explore the various treatment capabilities and possibilities of using sUAS in their practice and what this could bring to their patients. Image the difference this could make in their quality of life and standard of living...
I generally shoot video everywhere I go. I spent a day and a half at AUVSI and shot this while walking around between the meetings. Its simply some video vignettes edited to music to give someone who has never attended this show what it might be like. There's a lot of drone's...
Last Week the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) came out with a list of voluntary Best Practices as they relate to drone usage for data collection, storage, and dissemination for both commercial and recreational use. If you have been paying attention to the news this past year you have undoubtedly heard tails of privacy wows, some of the most infamous have been the FBI v Apple over the rights to crack into an Iphone for national security reasons. Large companies like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have all weighed in on the need to balance security with the right to personal privacy. In the same manner the NTIA was asked to come up with a series of best practices to describe the capture, storage, and release of data that is collected by sUAS. With the rise in use of aerial data collection in the form of videos, photos, NIR, FLIR, and other advanced imaging techniques; privacy is a growing concern. How should you go about collecting your data, what about storage time, how about digital security (could you get in trouble if you are hacked and someones data is stolen), What about requests for data you have collected from local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies? There are a lot of prominent security and privacy questions that come with the advances in unmanned Aerial operations, this is where the NTIA has stepped in to promote safe use, storage, and privacy of mass collected aerial data. Here is a very small snap shot of there suggestions: 1) INFORM OTHERS OF YOUR USE OF UAS 2) SHOW CARE WHEN OPERATING UAS OR COLLECTING AND STORING COVERED DATA 3) LIMIT THE USE AND SHARING OF COVERED DATA 4) SECURE COVERED DATA 5) MONITOR AND COMPLY WITH EVOLVING FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL UAS LAWS BEST PRACTICES FOR NEWSGATHERERS AND NEWS REPORTING ORGANIZATIONS "Newsgathering and news reporting are strongly protected by United States law, including the First Amendment to the Constitution. The public relies on an independent press to gather and report the news and ensure an informed public. For this reason, these Best Practices do not apply to newsgatherers and news reporting organizations. Newsgatherers and news reporting organizations may use UAS in the same manner as any other comparable technology to capture, store, retain and use data or images in public spaces. Newsgatherers and news reporting organizations should operate under the ethics rules and standards of their organization, and according to existing federal and state laws." Here is a link to the article sent out via the AUVSI newsletter: http://www.cio.com/article/3072462/us-agency-releases-privacy-best-practices-for-drone-use.html and here is a link to the actual recommendations i suggest giving them a read as they may provide some eye opening insights into the world of privacy that you may not have considered, but could drastically affect your business or your hobby. https://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/voluntary_best_practices_for_uas_privacy_transparency_and_accountability_0.pdf
Valuable market intelligence here, courtesy of AUVSI. Here's an article on their report just released with some key stats. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/04/13/drone-uses-permits-faa/82940820/ What stands out to you? I'd love to read some commentary from people here. Thanks, Brett