James Mackler Discusses Ban on Drones for Farmers with SmartPlanet

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James E. Mackler, who leads the firm’s unmanned aerial systems focus, recently talked about the government’s ban on drones for farmers with SmartPlanet, an online magazine that covers business, technology and design. Currently, Federal Aviation Administration regulations prevent farmers from using drones for precision agriculture applications, proactively monitoring all crop activities. Hobbyists are the only people allowed to use drones now, and the main concerns about them concern airspace safety and privacy.

“Typically you’re talking about a farmer flying in a very sparsely populated area over his own property, at low altitudes,” he told the magazine. “So there’s very little risk of collision. . .and much-reduced privacy issues.”



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