I am wondering what the big deal is about UAV’s flying in our airspace. It seems every government dunderhead, without concern for cost or safety, thinks this a good idea (except a few at the FAA).
What is the big advantage of a UAV? It’s certainly not cost. Neither the piston nor the turbine unit is at all cheap. Neither can lift any more load than a similar manned aircraft. They both require more crew than a regular plane, and the CAP would provide the crew for free (anyone more familiar with CAP, please jump in.)
Personally, if CAP had cool new aircraft with tons of gear, I think they would have a line of pilots willing to fly them all over the USA on all sorts of missions.
The only place I see for the UAV’s is fire work, but I am not sure they can do as good a job as a pilot. At least they have the advantage of safety for the crew in this case. After all, isn’t the only place you need a UAV where there is danger to the crew?
Oh, I read about the idea of hurricane work, and that sounds like a good idea as well.