New Rules On Drones

For you HOA board members who are planning on buying drones to spy on your neighbors, you’ll have to watch out for some new regulations. Your drones will have to be registered in a federal database. Although I generally hate excess federal regulations, this one is kind of cool because your name and address will go into a database which is a public record. We’ll all be able to learn which board members or management companies are using this incredibly invasive technology.

(link to story on drone regulation)


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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

3 thoughts on “New Rules On Drones

  1. Deborah Goonan

    Hmmm. But the article says that FAA is not yet requiring commercial drone users to register. That is supposed to come later. No doubt, HOAs and their management companies will be deemed commerical enterprises.

    Good to see there is a substantial fine and threat of jail time, though. Penalties will have to be higher for commerical purposes.

    Also, registration requirements will not necessarily deter corruption, wrongdoing, or even violent intent with armed drones. Criminals and corrupt individuals who feel they are above the law will easily flaunt this requirement. How will it be enforced by the FAA? THAT is the question.

  2. Ward Lucas Post author

    Don’t expect “truth” in reporting those names and addresses. We likely will not recognize anyone in particular. As it is Mgt co’s change names frequently and HOAs will be advised to create subsidiaries so as not to divulge who they really are or run afoul of IRS codes for non profit mutal benefit corps. Board directors too, will not use their real addresses or names. Don’t count on those Drone applications to be signed under Penalty of Perjury either. Next? -Donie


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