Outback Challenge Featured on ABC's 7:30 report

I believe Channel 10 were putting together the "Official Documentary" of the OBC. This report briefly features the OBC at Kingaroy, Quads, FPV, and the usual reckless-hobbyist/privacy/laws-behind-technology rhetoric.

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Comment by Andrew Tridgell on October 11, 2012 at 2:31pm

Channel 10 is working on a documentary, but I expect it won't be out for quite a while. I hope it won't be a "drones are evil" piece.

Comment by Stephen Gloor on October 11, 2012 at 6:41pm

I don't think that that was a drone's are evil report.  It seemed pretty balanced.  There are privacy concerns with drones as photographers will do ANYTHING to get the money shot and money talks loud.

As to the safety I think our MAAA is adopting a head in the sand attitude.  Sure they have regulations however most of the kids with an FPV plane from HobbyKing simply ignore them.  YouTube is filled with 8km flights and heights that could impact light aircraft.  Making more realistic regulations might bring these people into clubs where they would have insurance and experienced modellers to advise them.

Though the sky is very big it is only a matter of time, in my opinion, before a high flying FPV'er impacts or affects a light aircraft. 

Comment by Zach on October 12, 2012 at 2:54am

That was a pretty fair report, and its good to see media is not always just blanketing drones as evil like the MAAA. I get the feeling that channel 10 will somehow get things wrong. This years OBC was pretty good, but I wasn't happy with how my school managed it so Im holding out for 2014 to go back to Kingaroy. (Anyone want to start a team?)

As one of those hobbyking fpv kids, the whole MAAA limiting fpv and uav is one of the several reasons I stopped going to my local club. I'm not prepared to throw away a few hundred a year at a club I cant fly at anymore. I did enjoy it and would love to rejoin when I get a new club friendly plane. There is just something about the smell of glow fuel on Saturday afternoon.

Comment by Stephen Gloor on October 12, 2012 at 3:59am

As the proud owner of a Bixler 2 soon to be fitted with an APM controlled by a Turnigy 9X I did not mean to disparage HobbyKing as it making the hobby affordable for me again.

I was meaning the the MAAA is missing out a flood of new members that could revitalise it.  

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