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Old 05-10-2014, 04:29 AM
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Default What Words Mean - or, A Drone is NOT an F-4!!!

Well, this Jim Williams dude apparently cannot (or chooses NOT) to differentiate between "RC Aircraft" and "Drone". CNN was quick to pick it up!!!
Read - http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/09/travel...t=hp_inthenews
If FAA dudes can't define the difference, how will any practical differences be "taught" to the civilian populace-at-large as the furor over uAS activities gets beaten into a frenzied witch hunt by media???
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Well, this Jim Williams dude apparently cannot (or chooses NOT) to differentiate between "RC Aircraft" and "Drone". CNN was quick to pick it up!!!
Read - http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/09/travel...t=hp_inthenews
If FAA dudes can't define the difference, how will any practical differences be "taught" to the civilian populace-at-large as the furor over uAS activities gets beaten into a frenzied witch hunt by media???
There's the real danger! Words do mean something...and the misuse of words will drag us all into the black hole...and not by just the general public either. I see it all the time in our model aviation community. Sad.
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so, bob,
what do ya call the "Q" variant of the F-4?

ya know i had to ask>G<
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so, bob,
what do ya call the "Q" variant of the F-4?

ya know i had to ask>G<
I just knew there would be one out there that would ask!! >VBG<

In the context of the article, it's likely a VERY SAFE BET that the ATP guy in the FS couldn't tell what exactly the RC aircraft was, considering whatever ungodly closing rate they LIVED THROUGH. And on approach, no less. To me, this is a very good example of plain ol' simple "luck" because there would not have been time to react and change course.

Hopefully the rc flier dumbass maggott will get ratted out and prosecuted?

I must confess to being "guilty" of believing that RC of ANY kind has NO rights whatsoever in active FS airspace..... PERIOD.

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2300 ft AGL, 5 miles from the airport?

I have my skepticism of what exactly happened here, but I have little doubt that it was not an RC aircraft in the traditional sense.
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2300 ft AGL, 5 miles from the airport?

I have my skepticism of what exactly happened here, but I have little doubt that it was not an RC aircraft in the traditional sense.
If not an RC something-or-other, what do you believe it could have been?
Are you saying that perhaps the ATP guy mis-identified another FS on a near-miss course?
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I was looking at the website for the AVSI Conference in Orlando, FL. http://www.auvsishow.org/auvsi2014/public/enter.aspx and thought just who are we as model airplane hobbyists to think that we will control the discussion on sUAV?

Look at the exhibitors/sponsors of that conference and compare to the AMA Convention!!!!! Boeing, Honeywell, Northrup Grumman and on and on........................

There is the real money and power. I would speculate that the commercial sUAV companies are much more concerned at the shenanigans exhibited by RC modelers that make the news than we are........... We (recreational RC flyers) are over and over again giving credence to the anti "drone" uninformed public.

If the commercial sUAV industry starts to see the recreational sUAV as a impediment to their business model then we are screwed. Their lobbyists can trump the AMA lobbyists any day.
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Consider this
I've had my 4.2 m Blanik at 1200ft (confirmed by telemetry) and could barely see it well enough to control it. I bailed out of that thermal with flaps and spoilers, even with younger eyes I would think much higher would a stretch. Thats a lumbering glider at 14 feet across.

So how big would a traditional (not FPV) plane have to be to be flown at 2200 or 2300 feet, over a 1000 feet above what I was flying? How hard would it be to control at the speed of a turbine?

FPV? Maybe. Fly away? Possibly, though I haven't heard of anyone loosing one.

I don't know what it was, but I dont believe for a second it was someone at a flying field buzzing around a model that happened by an airliner. As someone with 3k hours in full scale, and a long time rc'r, I'm eternally grateful that there wasn't a collision.
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I've had my 4.2 m Blanik at 1200ft (confirmed by telemetry) and could barely see it well enough to control it. I bailed out of that thermal with flaps and spoilers, even with younger eyes I would think much higher would a stretch. Thats a lumbering glider at 14 feet across.

So how big would a traditional (not FPV) plane have to be to be flown at 2200 or 2300 feet, over a 1000 feet above what I was flying? How hard would it be to control at the speed of a turbine?

FPV? Maybe. Fly away? Possibly, though I haven't heard of anyone loosing one.

I don't know what it was, but I dont believe for a second it was someone at a flying field buzzing around a model that happened by an airliner. As someone with 3k hours in full scale, and a long time rc'r, I'm eternally grateful that there wasn't a collision.
Thanks, Andy. Good, well-thought out additional info that the media (nor the FAA) brought up. I know that even large Giant Scale airplanes get small REALLY fast at only 500' or so....I have to admit the 2300' AGL detail escaped me. Would be interesting to find out what it was - if that will ever happen (doubt it).
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I've had my 4.2 m Blanik at 1200ft (confirmed by telemetry) and could barely see it well enough to control it. I bailed out of that thermal with flaps and spoilers, even with younger eyes I would think much higher would a stretch. Thats a lumbering glider at 14 feet across.

So how big would a traditional (not FPV) plane have to be to be flown at 2200 or 2300 feet, over a 1000 feet above what I was flying? How hard would it be to control at the speed of a turbine?

FPV? Maybe. Fly away? Possibly, though I haven't heard of anyone loosing one.

I don't know what it was, but I dont believe for a second it was someone at a flying field buzzing around a model that happened by an airliner. As someone with 3k hours in full scale, and a long time rc'r, I'm eternally grateful that there wasn't a collision.
Nice to see a logical reply. Agree with all your assessments, except for the possibility of it being an R/C flyaway.. That would be so vanishingly remote as to preclude consideration.

At that altitude, it pretty much had to be a sUAS of some sort. A misidentified and irresponsibly operated hobbyist FPV model is the most likely answer.

Wonder if there is any sUAS research going on at the University of Florida? The sighting was quite close to the campus there.
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