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Old 06-25-2010, 11:47 AM   #1
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Sharpe, referred to by colleagues as the godfather of UAVs in Canada, built his own drone and was the first in the country to get clearance for their use.

Federal aviation authorities currently allow drones only in remote, sparsely populated areas. Using them over cities is out of the question for the time being, Sharpe said.

Sharpe routinely uses remote-controlled drones in Northern Ontario for forensic purposes, flying them over crime scenes and accident sites to take photos and sometimes video.

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Sharpe is heading to Ottawa next week to work with a group that is looking to write the rules for UAV use. He expects it'll be at least a decade before any laws are passed, although law-enforcement agencies are likely to continue getting exemptions if they can keep showing cost savings and a clean safety record.

Although unarmed Predator drones were deployed in 2009 by U.S. Homeland Security to monitor the border with Manitoba, police forces typically have less ominous uses in mind, he said.

The OPP would like permission to use the UAVs for search-and-rescue operations, searching for missing persons with the help of infrared cameras, explosives disposal and gun calls, where police are summoned to subdue armed individuals.

And what about the armed UAVs over New York, as seen on 24?

"I can't see it happening in my lifetime," Sharpe said.

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He was a Canadian pioneer for UAV's

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Interesting !

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