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Dealing with dangers of drones

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Who among us has not wanted, ever so briefly, so see the world through the eyes of a bird, to soar above treetops and to swoop low to glimpse areas of this planet that are otherwise inaccessible by land? Who has not marvelled at the stunning vistas presented through the use of drones and which give us new ways of seeing our world?

Vaccines are being delivered by drone right now in Vanuatu. Emergency services around the world use drones in fire-fighting, and in search and rescue operations. They are deployed by farmers and scientists. And, yes, they are used as killing machines in war.

One of the Wespac Little Ripper drones that will be in use across Australia this summer.Credit:Westpac Little Ripper

Still, it is hard to believe the turmoil and commercial disruption that occurred throughout Britain and Europe last week, when London’s second biggest airport Gatwick was shut down for days amid reports that a drone was buzzing the airspace. Thousands of people had their holiday season disrupted, not to mention the commercial damage to airlines and tourism operators.

It is just as hard to believe that emergency authorities in Tasmania had to suspend aerial efforts to dowse bushfires........

© The Sydney Morning Herald