Locals send drones flying

While the use of military drones has increased during the past decade, there is a growing inclination among domestic entities to find uses for drones in U.S. airspace.

Such temptations prompted the introduction of a bill by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, to limit the use of drones by law enforcement.

The drones at issue are not the armed Predator UAVs used by the military over battle space. Drones flown locally are not much larger than the radio controlled planes often flown by children.

“I own a couple of them,” said Tom Barnard of Barnard Bail Bonds. “I thought I might do some commercial photography. In my business I do some bounty hunting, so I also thought they might help with surveillance of bail jumpers.”

Barnard said he currently is not operating his drones.

“I could fly them from my iPhone, and really they were amazing,” he said. “But the problem was they just weren’t stable enough to take the photographs I was needing.”

Kris Gourd claims success in his efforts to take pictures with drones.

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