Originally Posted by edh13
None of us are trying to hide from the FAA behind the AMA's "skirt". A full-scale aircraft is a bulky, and expensive piece of metal. It is TOO expensive for the simple purpose of taking a couple photos of a friend's cow pasture. People get paid all the time to do odds and ends for others, paltry sums that can help pay a few bills and maybe even save a mortgage. That's what friends do. Good people, helping each other manage in difficult times. And for some, employment may not always be an option. So there has to be another way to add a few coins here and there. And if the activity does no harm, then I'm all good with it.
As for the drones: I would definitely accept someone flying their RQ-11 Raven with some non-essential features taken out, as a model warbird as bradpaul suggests. Think of a school bus, used for the transportation of students. Black out the word "School Bus" and then you have a personal vehicle that can haul a lot of stuff, without the need for a Class-B CDL. While a retired drone can't be converted to a camper, it can still be enjoyed by us common folks. Enjoy it responsibly. Take some photos, with NO need for a license. No need to pursue that medical certificate that's usually reserved for the immortal. You have a model airplane, that may even have a little history. Perhaps, it could have saved someone's life at one point. And it's there, for others to see at the local club. I'd love to have something like that added to my collection.