What did I just do (head in hands, gentle sobbing)

I just disqualified one of the coolest UAS projects around from the T3 contest.


If you have not been following Dan, then you should!!

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Comment by Morli on November 30, 2009 at 5:01am
???? ::::::::( , I guess altitude limit violations ?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2009 at 9:16am
Yes, altitude limit violation. A shame, because it was otherwise a great run.
Comment by Joe on December 1, 2009 at 8:57am
If the weather holds up we will be out flying this weekend. If T3-4 is announced in time we will likely be able to make a pass at it.

I do request that altitude safety limitations be left to the individual entrants to determine, because the altitude at which an aircraft is safe to fly at does change with its size. While small foamies may be safe at altitudes as low as 100 feet, larger aircraft like the telemaster or eSBXC require a lot more clearance. This is also true for the upper end. At altitudes where a small foamie would be invisible, a 14 foot glider is still clearly seen. This same principal applies to other parameters such as velocity and line-of-sight distance.

I hope that you will give this serious consideration when you release T3-4. Looking forward to it!

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Comment by Chris Anderson on December 1, 2009 at 9:42am
Joe, our height and distance limits are set by US FAA regulation (400 ft, visual line of sight, no built-up-areas). I know that different countries have different regs, but for the sake of a common playing field, we use the US regs.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on December 1, 2009 at 10:13am
They are also the regs in Europe and most of the world, interestingly I note my JR manual says not above 300' as a recommended height!!

Sorry Joe, a real shame because your project with Dan is fantastic.

Also don't forget all the other entrants who kept within our rules, I bet they would have liked to have been able to go upto 2 or 3000' each run!


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