Lots of people have been getting upset about model aircraft as of late with everybody self-centeredly thinking that someone is out to film them. This has led to many things, including a proposed ban on First Person View (FPV) flying by the FAA. This ban is not only contrary to an agreement previously made with the model airplane community (bait and switch comes to mind) but it is also short sighted.
A perfect example of this is this news story out of Madison WI where a model airplane using FPV found a missing 82 year old man. Previous searches had come up negative; the quadcopter succeeded where volunteers on foot, search dogs, and manned helicopters had failed.
Hopefully the FAA will not come down on the person who volunteered his equipment and time for this humanitarian cause, but based on the irrational fear based actions of the past I’m sure he will be getting a visit from the FAA soon.
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