Originally Posted by init4fun
I voted yes , and here's why ;
The AMA already has in place , as Major Tom has said , guidelines for the safe use of not only FPV but of multirotor craft as well . To examine the suggested use for AMA condoned FPV you must have a spotter who has line of sight view of the craft at all times during the flight , with the presumption that the craft won't be flown further than the spotter can see it . This , by the LOS requirement for the spotter, is going to ensure that the craft remains pretty darned close to the flying field where it's being operated from . Now I darned right well know that these folks flying them over people's houses are not following ANY of the AMA guidelines and are not covered within the AMA's sanctioned description of such models . If your question was "unrestricted FPV" , as in the dolts who don't follow the AMA's guidelines and DO fly them miles away from their non existent LOS spotter's view , well then yea , that kind of behavior should be , and is I would hope , frowned upon by the AMA just as flying outside of any of the other guidelines would be as well ....
I am well aware of the AMA's guidelines for FPV but that is not what prompted me to start this poll.
As recently as last summer there were two camps and one was saying that the AMA was trying to distance themselves from FPV and Multi-rotor, not sure where that came from. My thoughts are that RC is RC no mater how it is packaged and as always common sense goes a long way in how it gets used.
My neighbor and I built a fairly sophisticated FPV slow Stick with a moveable camera, .75 watt (input) 2.4 GHZ transmitter using MMICs and we even had GPS screen overlay. This was in early 2006 so it was not called FPV yet. We tried using only a video screen to fly it and found that it was difficult to fly without a direct line of sight to the airplane since the view through the camera didn't give enough information even with speed and altitude displayed. The problem was that we had no way to accuratley guage the attitude in a turn. The only reaon I mentioned this is so that other will know that I was among the first to do model FPV on a small scale electric plane so I'm not just blowing smoke here.
We sort of gave up on FPV after the novelty wore off in favor of experimenting with high efficiency (extended flight) electrics and are still doing that now.
I recall the AMA came out with FPV guidelines around 2008 and I think they have since ammended them.
Which brings me to this: http://rcadvisor.com/relaxed-ama-fpv-rules-coming
and this is why I started the poll.
I would like to get the communities input of this given some recent flak from the FAA.