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Ron Czapala
02-16-2012, 07:22 PM
Watch this video and listen at 4 min 15 secs into it - FAA and pilot concerns...


02-16-2012, 07:55 PM
Surely they can just come under the same regulations that apply to consumer RC aircraft, rocketry and the like. Or is that too simple a legislative option?

02-16-2012, 08:07 PM
The distinction is that they are doing it for profit, hobbyists are not. In the US, autonomous aircraft still can't be used to make money.

02-16-2012, 08:42 PM
ELEV-8 comes under the same rules as R/C flying, and there are significant restrictions: under 400 feet, must be in visible line-of-flight to the pilot (no TV only control), no where near a commercial flight corridor, away from populated areas, and for UAVs a pilot must be available to take manual control in an instant. "Drones" of the type mentioned in this news piece are a completely different animal.

Commercial (like aerial real estate photos or movie-making), military, and law enforcement use requires a COA, and it's for these the pilot's association wants full flight training. These fly higher, are often completely unmanned, and may involve flight over populated areas, even near flight paths.

-- Gordon

02-16-2012, 11:18 PM
So no real issue then. And like any hobby there is always someone who will push the legal boundaries (and sometimes ruin it for others).

02-17-2012, 03:39 PM
So no real issue then.

Not quite so. Please read the attached article which covers the Academy of Model Aeronautics on-going efforts.


You have to be ever vigilant...