Civilian Drones the Documentary


Upcoming Documentary Civilian Drones highlights The Human Toll while the U.S. NAS Integration Effort Stagnates.

The documentary produced by MahaPix Studios is sure to raise eyebrows as it exposes the viewer to the lifesaving potential of small unmanned systems. Beyond the hypothetical, the film reveals the incredible potential of unmanned technology when placed in the hands of dedicated individuals with passion and experience. Transcending the business plan, the film delves into an industry that has been crippled and waylaid by what can only be labeled a bureaucratic travesty.

The following clip from Civilian Drones was first aired publicly at the Small Unmanned Systems Business Expo in San Francisco July 26, 2013. The crowd in attendance, mainly proponents of the technology, responded positively, relieved to see their plight evolve to a new platform — public exposure. Colorful adjectives, suggested by the crowd, reflected the discontent with the status quo and affirmed the notion that the industry is fed up with the D.C. bureaucracy.

The film’s writer, an FAA certified flight instructor, failed to get a response from the FAA regarding the operations of unmanned aircraft. “I have been entrusted by the FAA to teach student pilots to respect the rules of the NAS.”

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We will delve further into the film as we interview the producer on an upcoming podcast episode.

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Patrick Egan
Editor in Field, sUAS News Americas Desk | Patrick Egan is the editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition. Experience in the field includes assignments with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Battle Lab investigating solutions on future warfare research projects. Instructor for LTA (Lighter Than Air) ISR systems deployment teams for an OSD, U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Surveillance Project. Built and operated commercial RPA prior to 2007 FAA policy clarification. On the airspace integration side, he serves as director of special programs for the RCAPA (Remote Control Aerial Photography Association).