Drone De­bate Heats Up

Yachts International - - Engage - Ad­ver­tis­ing Shanon McCoy

My company sells drones. We have sold sev­eral to yacht own­ers. I was in Cannes re­cently where I trained a yacht owner (of a top-100 yacht) on how to op­er­ate a drone safely. Since drones are here to stay, you may want to write an ar­ti­cle on the rec­om­mended pro­ce­dures for op­er­at­ing a drone. Also, as cov­ered in your Novem­ber/De­cem­ber is­sue, there are no rules yet in place for us­ing drones or the pho­tos taken. Wouldn’t some ba­sic poli­cies that yacht own­ers agree to be nice? While we may like to take pic­tures of oth­ers, yacht own­ers usu­ally don’t want pic­tures taken of them­selves, even if they own a drone. Isn’t it about time we de­velop some pro­to­cols for yacht own­ers?

—G. Payson

ED: As we said in our fea­ture on the sub­ject in that is­sue, and as I wrote in From the Mast­head, drones are in­cred­i­bly cool ma­chines that are likely with us to stay. But in short or­der, their rapid pro­lif­er­a­tion has stirred a hornet’s nest and has ex­ceeded the abil­ity of gov­ern­ments and bu­reau­cra­cies to get their heads around the big pic­ture. Given the lack of for­mal reg­u­la­tion of their use and the thorny, un­re­solved pri­vacy is­sues as­so­ci­ated with them, I think your idea for self-im­posed pro­to­cols for yacht own­ers and other yacht-based op­er­a­tors is about as good as any­one can do at this junc­ture. I must say, though, the skep­tic in me says such a move wouldn’t fly far. I in­vite you—or any read­ers who care to join the dis­cus­sion—to pro­pose some sug­ges­tions on rea­son­able, con­sid­er­ate drone eti­quette. Our e-news­let­ters and web­site ( yachtsin­ter­na­tional.com) are great fo­rums for ad­vanc­ing the dis­cus­sion.

david pol­lard dpol­lard@aim­me­dia.com Jill Bo­brow Dud­ley Da wson Justin Rat­cliffe (Europe) mary south Capt. Richard Thiel an­drew pa rkin­son aparkin­son@aim­me­dia.com

KIM KAVIN dud­ley daw­son, alan harper, Kim Kavin, Cather­ine Kent, Vir­ginia Philip, george Sas Jr.

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