1. beansof57
    April 10, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

    Alan, in the States so has the FAA. Being challenged in courts and been overturned locally, but this is very much an ongoing battle. Regulators claims these are “commercial aircraft” and, as such, come within their jurisdiction. A argument I find hard to rebut. However neat a lot of the results are, I do feel that an uncontrolled proliferation of flying Heath Robinson contraptions is, sooner or later, going to end in tears.


    • Alan Gandy
      April 10, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

      I agree. You can see the picture now – a coach load of Japanese tourists wandering around Plaza Mayor whilst flying their personal selfie-drones! :) A blanket ban does seem extreme though. The sensible thing, IMHO, would be to apply whatever regulations govern the use of remote control aircraft whilst specific legislation is figured out.


      • beansof57
        April 10, 2014 @ 1:49 pm

        Love the image of the Japanese though I would be picturing them at Sagrada Família. Gaudí is a well-known cult figure in Japan, which is probably the country, outside Spain, where he is best known. As far as using current legislation for remote controlled aircraft is that, basically, it was drawn up for half a dozen enthusiasts using it on Sundays at a local aerodrome or open fields not for criss-crossing built-up areas and weaving precariously through streets and inhabited areas.


        • Alan Gandy
          April 10, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

          Private land, a ceiling and insurance would work in the interim.


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