The president of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Bob Brown, wrote a special note regarding President Obama’s reaction to the “Drone on the White House lawn” incident, where a call for more regulation is made.
AMA believes that a much better approach to managing the community is through education, not regulation. AMA has always believed that the best, and perhaps the only, way to successfully manage the recreational community is through a community-based set of safety guidelines and the combined efforts of the FAA and AMA.
I completely agree with this sentiment: regulation is not the key to keeping UAVs from restricted areas, especially because there Washington D.C. is already a no-fly zone. It was not a lack of regulation that enabled this incident to occur, it was a lack of education.
If the solution was to simply ban the technology, or even just disallow it under AMA programming, it’s unlikely that it would have any significant impact. If the goal is to thwart a nefarious attempt by someone using this technology, no rule or regulation will prevent that. The point is that it’s not the technology, it’s how the technology is used.
Check out the complete note. Its a worthwhile read.