Perhaps no segment of the news industry in the United States has been quite as receptive to drones than broadcast television. In this column, Broadcast Engineering's Ned Soseman sees news drones as a low-cost alternative to news helicopters, but notes the regulatory, safety and technical hurdles that must be overcome before drones can truly go mainstream. Includes an interview with the Nebraska Drone Journalism Lab professor Matt Waite.
"An amazing new gadget is on the newsroom’s horizon, and it’s a drone, also known as a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). By any name, it is the latest high-tech electro-mechanical device coming to news gatherers and who-knows-what-else near you. Drones are rapidly becoming the latest rage, except for one thing: It is against the law to operate a drone in the United States for commercial purposes. Similar to amateur radio regulations, commercial use is flatly forbidden. However, that limitation is scheduled to change."