ORIGINAL: KidEpoxy. . . .
Except for all FAA law (to date) on the matter refers to a voluntary controlling document as it applies to model aircraft.
you are only considering the law that applies when it is NOT a Public nor Civil UAS, but conforms to the requirements to use the authorization for models. And that is where you are just posting your opinion/desire as fact: you want it to be treated as a model so you just say that it is. But the craft used in 20thFox's advertizing was fufilling a business purpose. Even 'working off the clock' for 20thFox is still fulfilling a Business Purpose for that business. Models cannot be flown for Business Purpose, that makes it a Civil UAV and subject to the recent grounding
Auggie, you do know that California grounded the UAV cameras in the film industry
when FAA cracked down on Civil UAV's that were not cert'ed, right?
There is plenty of folks pretending their Civil UAV is just a model and unregulated,
and they are wrong,
and they are in the company of folks like the LA Sheriff in being that wrong about what is a Civil UAV and what is a Model.
What the LA Sheriff flew was a unregulated model, but only when it was flown recreationally,
when the sheriff flew it that model became a Public UAV just by looking at WHY is was flown, its PURPOSE.
When 20thFox fires up a business adverting stunt, that there is a business purpose.
When the Sheriff gives you amodel and asks you to take pictures of potfarms without paying you, that is still a Public Purpose if you are not a member of the sheriffs dept... and that is no longer 'recreational modeling'. We just recently saw a UAV give pictures of BloodRiver pollution to the EPA: that was recreational flying because the EPA didnt send them there and tell them to take the pictures- if the EPA starts handing out recon sorties to modelers they are no longer modelers but Public UAV users.