Julian Residents Voice Concern about Drone Testing

Dave Patterson and Gabriela River of the ACLUResidents of the back country communities of San Diego County are sounding off about drone testing.

They are concerned about their safety, environment and privacy, but mostly about why they say there are no regulations concerning any of those.

By 2020, members of citizen advocacy groupBack Country Voices” say there will be 30,000 unmanned aircraft nationwide.

“There is no solid legislation in place to control the use of these drones,” BCV Organizer Lisa Elkins said.

Drones can fire guns and rockets, deliver packages, allow operators to see for miles and record it all.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor gave this statement to NBC 7:

The FAA plans to select six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites by the end of the year. Data collected from the sites will help the FAA determine how best to “safely” integrate UAS systems into the national airspace over the next several years and what certification and navigation requirements will need to be established.

Julian residents, most wanting to avoid being drone guinea pigs, gathered Wednesday at the town hall to better understand the FAA’s intentions.

Dec 4th drone Town Hall mtg in Julian, CA.

Among the guest speakers was American Civil Liberties Union attorney Gabriela Rivera.

“People have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their homes, and we don’t want to become a mass surveillance state,” Rivera said.

Retired commercial pilot Jim Garrity says drone technology shouldn’t be dismissed by fear of the unknown.

“If there is a crook out there and they can find him or a child molester or car thief, they should use it,” Garrity said.

San Diego is a technological hub and has many manufactures wanting to corner the drone market.


Julian Residents Voice Concern about Drone Testing | NBC 7 San

I encourage you to judge the FACTS and details for yourself.

Please see here –

Back Country Voices | Citizen’s Action Group

Back Country Citizens Concerned About Drones

Back Country Drones

States Vie for Test Sites As FAA Prepares U.S. Airspace For Thousands of Drones

Crowd packs julian forum on drone testing over east county

Potential Drone Test Site Spurs Concerns In San Diego Back

Julian Residents Voice Concern about Drone Testing | NBC 7 San

Supervisor Dianne Jacob discussed San Diego County becoming a federally designated test site for drones

Congressmembers sign letter of support for Cal UAS, San Diego

To amend the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012

Legislation to Promote Transparency, Privacy for Commercial and Government Drone Use

‘Eye in the sky’ drones flying in San Diego County

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Status of Domestic Drone Legislation in the States


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