True but than again I could make a RC FPV full size truck with a bed load of fertilizer and diesel.Not trying to be a FOG here, but it makes me kind of nervous. If everybody obeys the guidelines set forth, there shouldn't be any issues. However, as far as John Q. public is concerned, the idea of someone remotely flying an airplane into something could be a concern. More so than a line-of-sight pilot.
Bearing this in mind, I have flown FPV several times on an Easystar and it's a real blast.
IMO, the greater dangers to our hobby are these:I started this thread assuming that most people would be against FPV in the hobby. I have kept quiet, waiting to see what came up. I am rather shocked.
FPV is destructive to our freedom of Radio Control Flight. I assumed that most of you guys got that pretty clear with the incidents in New Your City and others.
Our government, and the long list of agencies that control our world like DHS, FAA, FBI, CIA and too many others to list, are very timid and usually swat a fly with a B52 bomber. I think most would agree with that, right?
Now, what is FPV in the eyes of a paranoid government agency? It's clearly a perceived threat, and a means to deliver a payload of God-knows-what in a fairly effective way.
So, if you value this hobby, and the freedom you have to fly RC aircraft without restrictions, you should be fighting to shut down or control the FPV crowd. This can't be good for the simple pleasures we enjoy.
What can we do?
Well, we can't stop the technology. But, we can stand on the platform of safety and place as many practical restrictions on range, having a line-of-sight observation requirement, limiting fuel capacity or radio range, and many other minor inconveniences that most real sporting FPV pilots would not find restrictive.
This freight train has already left the station. Now, it's our responsibility to keep it from killing the entire hobby... think about it. Gravy got it...
Heck, now its the kid at the controls of 50lb planes and the adults in the stands oohing and aahing!Do you really think they'd stop at regulating FPV when they see 50lb planes doing 3D with an amateur pilot at the controls and kids in the stands a few feet away?