It looks to me that the sad day we all knew would eventually come has arrived. The first person that I have heard of plotting to use R/C planes to bomb the Pentagon and the Capital building. It appears he was planning to use some kind of autopilot given that they stated the plane was to be "GPS guided". Below is a link to the CNN page that has the details. I only hope this doesn't lead to a complete lock down of the R/C and sUAS industry. It is so young and ripe for growth and innovation.
Here is the parallel discussion from earlier:
Update from the Associated Press. Good, sensible stuff from a congressman at the bottom:
this is the type of thing i have been worried about for some time now a few weeks ago i was at the website for the youtube show FLIGHT TEST they do all sorts of silly but mostly cool projects with rc planes and FPV i was rather upset when i saw the bit they did called FPV BOMB DROP here is the link you can judge and see if you think it was the right type of thing to do i am still not too sure it was a good idea especially after today's little bit of newshttp://www.flitetest.com/articles/fpv-guided-bomb-drop
have a look and see what you all think of it. it reminded me of video of the first gulf war.
ah i see some one beat me to it with the link, oh well
i am so mad bout this i am not processing clearly
apparently the FBI is who gave him the planes according to the BBC
the AMA has just released a response to this incident here is the link http://www.modelaircraft.org/news/RCPlot.aspx
I love the "Darwin Award" comment.
I'm worried about my hobby, but I can't imagine how subscribers to Islam and others with roots in the middle east must feel every time a whack job does something like this.
Well, having just read the AMA's official response, I am pleased that "The AMA’s 143,000 aeromodelers throughout the country pledge to keep a vigilant eye in their communities on any suspicious activity involving RC aircraft". That makes me feel safe. Now, with Halloween approaching, I hope that all members of the World Champion Punkin Chunkin Association step up to plate and promise to report any disaffected individuals building trebuchets on roof tops in downtown DC.
I just heard about this last night, I was wondering how long it would take to show up here. I can't say this is surprising, honestly I thought we'd see an attempt like this sooner. I think we're still a long way from someone managing to make a drone without prior knowledge and ability, but this will certainly put us in the public's eye.
@Scott - I'm a member of AUVSI. It's not specifically a UAV organization, but I think it's much closer to what you're looking for than something like the AMA.
Here is a link to the AMA's official response.
aerial security here we come