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3/30/2013 9:45:00 PM
FAA offers online session on unmanned aircraft test-site privacy policy

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will conduct an online session with the public next week to provide a brief overview and take comments on its privacy policy for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems program.

Each participant will have three minutes for comments, according to a news release from the City of Prescott. The FAA will listen and record all comments, but will not answer any questions during the session.

The session will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. (MST), April 3. More information and registration for the session is available at

Earlier this week, the Prescott City Council approved an agreement with the Arizona Commerce Authority to participate in the Unmanned Aircraft System Test Site Selection Project.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

How can arming domestic drones even be a valid question, right now? Do we see armed domestic rotor or fixed wing aircraft after long Police chases taking out pursueies with air to ground fire.

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: Check it out! They are out there!

Have you checked under your bed lately for the camera and listening devices? That bird flying over is not really a bird, but a drone. The new neighbors are watching. Put tin foil over your windows and turn off your TV, it might be broadcasting. As soon as possible, go outside and "get a life"

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: What's the big deal?

What's the uproar over these little harmless devices created by the military to spy on enemy combatants and kill them?

When has the US government ever used military technology to kill Americans?

Waco and armored vehicles? Please, those were just 80 or so whacko men, women, and children that didn't deserve justice.

Only a bunch of paranoid tea-pots would object to giving the government such a widespread ability to monitor it's citizens more effectively...

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: There's A Pie In The Sky

At last...some intelligent and critical thinking is rising to the surface in RC. @ Tired of it all @ Is Privacy Really The Issue @ Fly A Kite Instead.

"Earlier this week, the Prescott City Council approved an agreement with the Arizona Commerce Authority to participate in the Unmanned Aircraft System Test Site Selection Project.", the Courier article states.

How dare the Council approve an agreement to participate in UAS Test Cite Selection without the General Public/Voters having full disclosure about this project as well as an investigation done by the general public.

A short inframmercial online with no questions answered...OMG, a website not approved by the FAA under it's privacy laws! This project is way over the Council's heads. Best they back out of the approval agreement immediately.

The Council needs to stay focused on Prescott's immediate problem...corruptness in the, the Iron Brotherhood fiasco!

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: Calm Down

Manned aircraft can carry the same camera systems as UAS (which are not as amazing as you think), carry out the same missions, and be arguably more discrete. The county could acquire a manned aircraft with a lot less trouble all around- no public outcry, no town hall meetings, no FAA waivers.

Why, then, did the county try to buy a UAS? To aid search and rescue. They said that at the town hall meetings, but the same 2 or 3 people kept yelling about their violated rights and the drone project.

Why is no one concerned about the fact that that the county already owns Humvees and a helicopter? Because it's not a current issue in mainstream media.

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: Stockholm Syndrome

I have prediction. I predict that, sooner rather than later, these things will be armed. I predict that the same elected officials who are ignoring the public's concerns about privacy will be equally diligent in ignoring your concerns about safety. And I further predict that next election you'll vote for them anyway.

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: Resham MANN

Actually due to the excellent weather conditions and the fact that Prescott is an FAA staffed airport that is not scheduled for tower closure it has great potential for a drone MFG to open a facility here.

Additionally with a large avionics Mfg. at the airport, one who by the way makes avionics for drones, this makes the chances better for landing a such a contract.

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: To John S Re: Is Privacy Really the Issue?

Yes John, privacy is the issue, they can see more than you know and fly in conditions unsuitable (and undetectable) to manned aircraft. They can also be controlled from a central location, far far away.
Modeling - the drone 'toys' that are on the market now, and increasing by the day, are out there to 'desensitize' the youth to the real roll-out of drones. Make them appear harmless and playful.
Same goes for video games. The DOD is behind that market.
Enjoy your 13y.o. son, and be mindful about what's going on. It's more than your pocket (expense). I am sure you are both dear people.

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: Fly A Kite Instead

To @ John S...we are not talking toys for boys here, sir! ...

This could be Pandora's box...and let's hope that Prescott folks look, listen, research and study before they leap.

The saving grace on this issue will be that due to the terrain or other factors, that Prescott will be at the bottom of the candidate site list.

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: How Stupid Do You Think We Are?

On online session to provide brief overview and take comments... without any response from the FAA? Are you kidding me Prescott? Don't you dare say you are providing the public with an outlet for questions or truth telling.
This is a data mining endeavor, by the FAA, to collect names and emails (all recorded they say?) of anyone resisting the - let's call it what it is - drone project.
They want you to pony up your names and addresses so they can develop a list of potential resistors.

Forget it. If they really want to be of service, and answer questions for the inquiring public, they can meet in public. You are a citizen with a right to know, and it's none of their business who you are.

Clearly every keystroke is recorded (here too). The new NSA building in Bluffdale, Utah will have all the storage they need for years to come.
The 'Sequester' isn't hurting them any, is it?

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: tired of it all

To John S... Drones are stealthier, and carry cameras most people dream of. It's called 1984 by George Orwell..big brother is watching and will use it against you...wise up. These are not you son's toys...

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: Genny Ingram

I went the the site listed in this article...when I tried to register here is what popped up: Nothing straight forward like registering..

"The link you clicked is to a site that is not part of or another Federal government website. We provide external links such as this one for our customers' convenience however, this does not mean that we endorse the content on the site or the public or private organization that sponsors it. We also cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of information contained on the external site.

Once you leave, you are subject to the privacy and security policies of the external site's sponsor and are no longer protected by Federal privacy laws.

Continue to " YIKES

Now doesn't that make one feel secure about this hokas pokas? Is the FAA really doing this "survey of the public" and if so, why are they doing a disclaimer???

Are we being duped once again? YUK. "eventbuilders" is obviously getting paid BIG BUCKS for this gig! No thanks.

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: John S

I have a few questions for those opposed to Unmanned Vehicles: Is privacy really the issue? How is it that "MANNED vehicles" afford the public more privacy than unmanned? Is safety the issue? My 13 year old son is flying Radio Control Helicopters and Airplanes that are larger than most of the proposed civil UAVs. Just like generations of modelers that have gone before him, the biggest risk, in my observation is an expensive repair to the device and a shattered ego. I think the discussion should not be focused on "if" but, when and where.

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

We know of drones use in war time when in theater. However, use of the larger global hawk type in America should only be used under the supervision of elected officials and the county sheriff for rescue type missions. If used to specifically "observe" a person or persons, the operation should require a warrant approved and signed by a superior court judge. And any federal project should be approved locally. Remember and respect the constitution.

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