You realise that the pilots are army officers? They are being paid anyway. May as well give them something useful to do.
So what you're saying is that they were sitting on their bums doing nothing productive prior to this, or at least nothing of equal or greater value. Which of course raises the question, what do we need them for anyway when a group of minimum wage drone jockeys could do the job instead? Some people would even pay for the experience!
That would be the Daily Mail interpretation of it, I suppose.
The daily mail has figured out the use of logic then have they? Hope this revelation doesn't cut into their quota of raunchy starlet gossip stories.
They were thinking of a U2 but Bono was going to charge too much.
If this was about Brazil using aircraft to spot signs of illegal logging in the Amazon would people still think it hilariously ridiculous? There was an EU directive on protecting our boglands not long ago, and I may be wrong but part of that would involve the state being fined if it didn't live up to the directive, so the cost of throwing up an old Cessna to keep an eye out for industrial level stripping of the boglands could well be a hell of a lot cheaper than the alternative.
I know people like Ming Flanagan and others like to portray the matter as one of the big bad state versus some old lad digging and footing a bit of turf with his tea and ham sandwiches.. but there are also people with heavy machinery etc raping the bogs on a large scale and that should be stopped.
Nice try, but way off . BnM aren't the only ones out there using machinery to strip large areas.
Yeah, they got tired of doing it after the first thousand or so acres.........
I would have taken this for a joke if I didn't see that it was actually real. Let's see - ban smoking on beaches, parks and put airplanes up to catch an aul fella cutting a bit of turf.
This country is going mad.
ffs its not the auld fellas they're after. No one cuts turf with a slean these days, its a mechanised almost industrial scale process that destroys all before it.
This is how its done. I bet Ming didn't tell you that.
But of course people will never educate themselves and look beyond the biased headlines.
The ban effects 21 bogs, people do realise that?
This isn't the end of cutting turf forever as some would like to portray it.
So it runs out of battery power after flying 10 miles? Great drone.