Writings and observations

First take

Here’s a list Idaho leads: States with the most commercial drone activity, per capita. Is it a positive list? Generally, I think so, even while having (as many people do) some uneasiness about those unmanned devices buzzing around through the air space, maybe overhead, maybe looking into windows. But then, the issue really isn’t the technology but rather how it’s used. A KBOI-TV (Boise) report notes that eight local companies have gotten federal approval for commercial drone use, and the uses they’re citing seem legitimate enough. There’s a real estate company that see aerial photography and land analysis uses. There are also commercial uses in agriculture, logging and even missing persons operations. Seems promising, but keeping a close eye on it is a good idea too. – rs (photo by Nicolas Halftermeyer)

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