There are at least two different ways of looking at Project Wing's controversial roll out of its drone delivery technology.
One, which has been embraced at least in part by the ACT government which gave it permission to proceed, is that this is innovative technology developed by a Google-linked company which can help Canberra promote a positive "smart city" image.
The second, which can all too easily be dismissed as classic suburban Canberran NIMBYISM, is that the devices are noisy, intrusive, and potentially even dangerous.
As is usually the case in this type of situation the truth, such at is is, is probably to be found somewhere in the middle.
The debate over the trial was driven in large part by the residents of Bonython where the technology was first rolled out on a commercial basis in 2018. It has been reanimated by the release earlier this week of details from a study carried out the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development.
According to the study the latest and quietest of the drones, when measured from a distance of 15 metres, generated 69 decibels of sound. This was well above the 45 decibel day time noise limit in effect in the ACT apparently.
Earlier model drones, which did not have the latest "noise abatement propeller" now in use across the fleet, would have been noisier still. The stealthier drones were not introduced until the Bonython trial was concluded.
"Our newest aircraft are now equipped with this propeller design and we intend to use that technology on our delivery drones going forward," a Project Wing spokeswoman said.
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, which has been on the case for nearly four months now, plans to release an issues paper on noise from commercial and recreational drones later this month.
This is part of a comprehensive review of drone use which is expected to wrap up by the end of the year.
That review was welcomed by opponents of the ACT trial when it was first announced.
In addition to their concerns about noise, the potential for privacy breaches, risks to birds and possible danger to the public, critics have also condemned the new technology as trivial. The argument is that the benefit of being able to deliver takeaway food and coffee by drone is far outweighed by the inconvenience to the community.
This line of argument ignores the fact that the drones are an emerging technology which, once proven, may lend itself to a host of applications not even thought of at the moment.
One obvious benefit is that the ability to deliver food and drink and medications to elderly people quickly and economically would make it easier for them to stay in their own homes for longer. Meals on wings could replace meals on wheels.
The big challenge for the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development and the ACT government is to ensure that as the technology evolves it delivers a net community benefit.
This means the concerns of those who say their quality of life has been impacted for the worse will need to be taken into account.
While striking the right balance won't be easy, there is no reason to believe this problem is insurmountable.
Community consultation will, as always, be the key to obtaining the right result.