They seem to point the finger at the RC pilot, although I think both pilots were showboating. That is unless smoke on and stay down is a standard go around in the USA
Bring on Detect Sense and Avoid
I think both were clearly in the wrong.
If the pilot cannot see a 15ft obstacle (whether its a tree or an RC plane) he/she should not be flying.
If any pilot (RC or real) is going to use a runway they should make sure they are clear to do so.
This happened thanks to bad organisation only, neither pilot was the direct cause they were both in the wrong place at the wrong time.
He had time to cut the throttle and deal with a simple broken wing. He chose to try and power out to save his model. Wrong choice.
I've had kids run up to my copter many times at the park. I always cut the throttle and bring it down as fast as possible if I see them coming.
1. "Smoke to increase vis." that's a load of BS - he was showing off but noone can prove it
2. RC guy was an idiot but it's not all his fault because he was counting the spotter to help him out, however when the * hit the fan and lawyers involved, the spotter was discounted as having no qualification, etc...
I think everyone knows and or can guess what happen here so I don't need to say anymore but this is a perfect case of how everyone covering their arses and if you slow, you loose. So take this as a lesson for all you FPV, etc...you can inteprete the rule or argue the rules anyway you want, but when the * does happen to hit the fan then do you think you can cover your arse quick/good enough?
Uhh, dude why are you flying copter in the park where there are ppl and kids? LOL
The word "cluster" comes to mind.
I guess this is why the AMA should be in charge of recreational sUAS in the USA (???)
Good reason for the FAA to ban everything but under 2 pound model aircraft from withing 3 miles of an airport.
I guess I agree with the FAA on this. Flying model airplanes at an airport is like playing with RC cars on the Freeway.... obviously dumb thing to do. Guess where many (far too many IMHO) RC airplane clubs are ? Yup.
If there is anyone in the parks, lots or fields where I fly, I don't fly. If anyone shows up, I land (even crash) ASAP. Their safety is paramount.
No f'ing way the AMA will ever be (or should be) in charge of SUAS!!!
A lot of time ppl get "permission" to fly RC at a privately own or small country town airport. The problem is often time the person who give "permission" to fly does not have the authority to grant it. So when something like that happen it's still the FAA that has to go and untaggle the "cluster"
So fly your model airplanes at a sanction model airplane place and if you have a "fubar", you'd be covered. Fly them at a park/random field is all good but if you just happen to drill one it right where Mary Jane and her kids were walking then I don't think "Well you honor, at the time I thought it was clear" is going to stand in court.
Say what if you fly your FPV beyond VLOS and crash into someone house and the lipo caught on fire and burn the house down or worst, I doubt that anyone will drive over there and put your hand up and say: I'm really sorry, but that's my plane!" It will probably be more like "oh crap, quick get in the car and get the hell outta here!" so that's why the FAA has their rules with SUAS and the AMA doesn't want anything to do with it.
If the AMA get what they requested in the ARC sUAS reccomendations to the FAA and the passed Senate amendment to the Senate passed FAA reauthorization bill. All recreational sUAS flying will be only by AMA members. IE: Join the AMA or quit the hobby!
This has been the AMA's goal since 2009. In as much as nobody is trying to stop them, they just might get their way. Yes, this is for real.
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