Sunday, June 20, 2021

Weaponized model aircraft?

The model flying discipline of First Person View continues to court controversy. Before Christmas we had a flight over New York city and the Statue of Liberty. Now a weaponized model aircraft shooting at flying targets.

Ok so the weapons are only fireworks and the targets are toy balloons but it shows the potential of simple systems.

In Germany and the UK authorities areĀ  watching the development of hobby sUAS systems.

High profile stunts, rapidly shared on social media websites are becoming the stock in trade of these fliers. How long can it be before their antics impact traditional aeromodelling?

Its a subject that we have steered away from at sUAS News as it quickly becomes heated and emotional.

FPV flying when properly planned and carried out with care and attention is a compelling low cost way to look at mother earth.

But ill conceived flights that show poor judgement cannot be commended.

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems community is going to have to think long and hard as to its attitude towards FPV. The general public will not easily make the distinction between sUAS,FPV or traditional modellingĀ  should their be a major FPV based security scare.

Gary Mortimer
Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.