We haven’t seen hide nor hair of the affable little guy in quite some time.

Some folks in the drone ecosystem including myself thought that the Buzzy concept was juvenile and didn’t really convey the tried and tested aviation culture of safety message to the masses.

Sure, it was geared toward the under 13 set who may need a little levity in the reminder that there is no more flying for you is under duress of hefty fines and years in prison. I wonder if these kids would be separated from the families for the prison sentence or if the whole family is incarcerated? Unfortunately, that segment of the U.S. citizenry (or legal permanent resident) can no longer enjoy the wholesome hobby legally without an adult, or someone who is 14 years old with high limit credit card supervision.

The only silver lining here is that the FAA contends that the Buzzy the drone concept, and we are to assume cartoons, and all related Buzzy “stuff” was free because it was hatched in-house. (Golly, I wish I knew how to get the cost of sales down to zero like that.) Good thing as we would want the FAA to get sidetracked from the important UAS NAS integration deadline of September 2015.

Buzzy the drone

By 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).