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FAA in Federal Court Over Drone Registration Rules

Coming as no surprise to anyone, the backlash associated with the recent FAA registration news has begun. In a move that seems to be the next logical progression from the model aircraft community, the FAA is being challenged in federal court with the hopes that hobbyists – including children as young as 13 – won’t have to file their names and home addresses [...]

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FAA shuts down 36+ model aircraft clubs in Washington, DC

With what is sure to be the first of many headlines generated on the heels of the FAA’s mandatory registration news, here is an…. *ahem* “interesting” piece of news from our nation’s capital. The Federal Aviation Administration has shut down at least 36 model aircraft clubs in the Washington, DC area, citing a new, extended no-fly zone for drones around the nation’s capital. Beginning in [...]

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GoDroneX FPV Racing in Chicago Suburbs

GoDroneX with the Suburban Aero Club of Chicago are taking this year’s National Model Aviation Day by storm by hosting FPV Racing at the Tinley Creek Flying Field this Saturday, August 15. Proceeds from the entry fees go to the Wounded Warrior Project, and you will get an opportunity to see yours truely! See all the details at the GoDroneX webpage, and see you Saturday!

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Raging Rotors: Not a Confession, But Declaration of Intent

It may sound cliche, but I feel like a true pioneer. On many occasions in the past year or so that quadcopters/drones/multirotor technology, flight, and regulations have been compared to the early days of the internet, calling it a ‘wild west’ phase for the technology. That pretty much nails the current situation of the whole multirotor hobby right on the [...]

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Raging Rotors: Fly It Hard, but Safe!

Hello all, and Merry Christmas! This week I have yet a simple message: SAFETY! The FAA, in coalition with other groups including the AMA, set up KnowBeforeYouFly, a website that outlines the guidelines of dos and don’ts when flying unmanned aircraft. I have mentioned these rules before, and the following video (also seen on Good Morning America the other day) sums [...]

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See Pro Pilots at the SAC Helicopter Fun Fly!

So I spoke very highly of my trip to Indiana for the IRCHA Jamboree last month, probably enough to make you curious as to what do you see when professional RC helicopter pilots take to the sky! For all you midwest/Chicago metropolitan area RC enthusiasts, the Surburban Aeroclub of Chicago is hosting their annual Helicopter Fun Fly this Saturday. This year they have a list [...]

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Raging Rotors Event Coverage: IRCHA Jamboree 2014

This past weekend I had the privilege to join my fellow helicopter and multirotor pilots in Muncie, IN near the headquarters of the AMA for the IRCHA (International Radio Control Helicopter Association) Jamboree 2014. This almost week long festival is a combination of RC helicopter competitions, product showcase, and shopping for all things RC Helicopter. There were speed competitions, product demonstrations, [...]

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Raging Rotors: The FAA, FPV, and You Part 3: My Slice of the…

Alright, I know that the FAA and AMA are still pretty deadlocked on the new rules as interpreted by the FAA and how it really makes it difficult to be a hobby pilot. Now, the stories and definitions will keep changing as the news is passed along, but I wish to make a few comments towards these rules, as well [...]

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Raging Rotors: The FAA, FPV, and You! Part 2: Congressional …

Last week I posted the newest suggested policies the FAA has drafted regarding model aircraft (airplanes, helis, multirotors) and how they can be used for ‘recreation’ as compared to ‘commercial.’ Personally, the rules are not HORRIBLE, but they do go against most of the rules and policies of the AMA, the governing body of model aviation. Being a member of the AMA, I [...]

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Raging Rotors: The FAA, FPV, and You!

As of June 25th, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released their interpretation of special aircraft and first person view (FPV) flight. Above you can see a few of their guidelines, and you can see more on what is or isn’t considered hobby/recreational flight by Reading More…

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Raging Rotors: Save a Seal, Hit the Clubs!

As my picture shows, I am excited this Raging Rotors because I am now eligible to fly at all Offical Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) flying fields all over the United States. This membership is good for all pilots looking to fly, for while flying on official fields you are provided with a significant insurance package to protect yourself from accidents [...]

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Government regulations – coming soon to a hobby near you…

🙁 Despair, Inc. While the following news is more pertinent to flyboys rather than us drivers, it’s important to pay attention to government regulations being imposed on any part of the hobby.  The FAA, over the past few years, has been coming up with rules and regulations related to small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (abbreviated sUAS).  Those sUAS’ also happen to include [...]

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FCC Proposing Changes to Part 95 of Rules

🙁 Despair, Inc. Here’s a bit of important info for our US audience.  The FCC is proposing revisions to their Part 95 – Personal Radio Services rules that govern the use of many non-corporate civilian radio frequencies.  The frequencies that a lot of us in the R/C hobby use regularly (27 MHz, 72 MHz, and 75 MHz bands being [...]

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