Trusting technology? (10 Jan, 2018)

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Trusting technology? (10 Jan, 2018)

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:25 am

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Don't you think that Airways would have verified the claims it was making for the Airmap app BEFORE it started the three month trial currently underway?

If someone relies on the recommendations of an authority and then finds themselves in trouble for believing what they've been told, should that authority also be culpable for the outcome?

And might the arrest of a Chilean tourist be something of an over-reaction to the presence of a small plastic drone -- especially given that authorities seem hell-bent on overstating the risk these devices pose (as witnessed by this story in The Register)?
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Re: Trusting technology? (10 Jan, 2018)

Postby goosemoose » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:16 am

But, but don't you realise, app. Because app. Job done. End of story. There's an app for that. For more info download our app.

They've probably followed the standard procedure, create an app, spout off about it and then do nothing. Someone once a week, at this stage, will probably update the info. You can almost guarantee it'll be a manual process. It'll tail off logarithmically over time. The KPI's have been met. Job done. Trebles all round. Now they can boast around bureaucratic circles they too have got an app.

They probably don't realise that a real time app means now. Not tomorrow or next week. Or more than likely they've gone down the cheap route and are paying the bare minimum for feeding and watering the thing.

It won't be around in 6 months time. Or if it is it'll be utterly useless and out of date.
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Re: Trusting technology? (10 Jan, 2018)

Postby latewings » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:54 am

The underlying issues are how many ground dwellers know what NOTAM means, let alone know there's an organisation called AIRWAYS and another called CAA, and while they're in the same general game, they have different responsibilities.

In the long run, it might be more constructive to have a separate organisation that distances itself from both those bodies and presents a more public friendly interface to leisure drone flyers. Given that DOC have another set of rules and regulations for drones it's no wonder the public switch off and simply ask forgiveness than permission.

I would state that as a licensed pilot of both rotary and fixed wing vehicles I'd rather encounter a drone in an aircraft than a helicopter, so I'm happy that Airways are at least trying to assist. Like anything aviation it's constant improvement that makes everyone safe.
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Re: Trusting technology? (10 Jan, 2018)

Postby greven » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:24 am

I think it would be best for Airways to take charge rather than creating an entirely new bureaucracy, but they will need to up their game a bit.
They have a friendlier, not so governmental name, they have an app, they have an interest in getting information out there & are probably the most likely to achieve inter-agency collaboration. They are moving in the right direction, but have stumbled a bit right out of the gate
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