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"Bombing Syria In late April 2017..."- this part did not exactly come true, would it be fair to remove it? -- Sunvalley (talk) 00:19, 15 July 2020 (UTC)

Good find. Removed it, added some current events images, fixed some spelling mistakes and tried to pinpoint more problems in the intro. Feel free to alter it as you wish. Jun (talk) 01:30, 15 July 2020 (UTC)

Thank you, looks good. You write: "being increasingly restricted or outright banned for personal use outside individuals their own garden" - do you have more on that? So from Germany I can tell that you will need a license to fly a drone from a certain weight on and that it is by now prohibited in residential areas, Airports, etc . My feeling is that authorities here mainly want to avoid situations like this over peoples houses. But there also seems to be EU wide effort for regulation. Do you see this is leading towards very strict handling? I don't have the overview here, also not sure what it is to become in the United States or elsewhere. -- Sunvalley (talk) 01:05, 16 July 2020 (UTC)

Short answer; ~100 countries developed similar new EU-like rules in the last decade. The new EU rules will make it just way too exhausting for use by civilians for leisure. License, course, not above people, buildings, roads, rivers. But people that want to play NASA will find ways to anyway. What would be more logical is some sort of ignition interlock device for drones that disables their use is prohibited areas so you could use them in city parks and just on the curb.

US has ~20 states banning them with similar European-looking laws, when it was just allowed nationwide 8 years ago and the only laws then were to let law enforcement use them, since 2018 347 US agencies use them. The EU enacted laws that will replace the current national rules starting 31 December, that will be similar; maintain line of sight (around 100m), license, course, not above houses or private buildings, vehicles, rivers with vessels, airports and even reserves.. in short only between villages not crossing any road such as farmers or weddings do, so...I agree with the biggest Dutch tech site on this: it is very strict in perspective for such a niche usage. To put in perspective here; local example; they projected hundreds of adolescents have died in traffic last decade checking their phones and that wasn't even a misdemeanour up until 11 months ago, 1000s more died from drunk (or drugged up) driving, and car ignition interlock devices are banned here because they're too harsh, there was no limit for testing until 2017, and now the test lab is overrun so even people combining drugs are let loose along with some more nonsense. All those things take more lives per year.

So I don't think these laws are mostly for safety. Note how they are trying to extend the battery life with patents.[1] Jun (talk) 08:36, 16 July 2020 (UTC)

Good overview, thanks. I did not exactly follow the situation. Now I see that registration, ID chip, compilation of even the smallest drones have been discussed or flowing into the EU legislation .. and in the US they want real time tracking. Your point is valid, from the side of the EU legislative body they would probably argue that this meant to preempt any issues, but drones have as of yet been (as you say) a very minor problem. -- Sunvalley (talk) 01:49, 17 July 2020 (UTC)