So much for an intelligent, endearing discussion here. When words fail, use insults or pejoratives in your discussion. Definitely not from Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People".
you my dear pissant friend
My mom grew up in Russelville, Alabama in the 1920s/1930s. In fact, she often noted that the house she lived in was located on "Piss Ant Hill", in Russelville. I found that funny as a kid.
I may not be an "FAA private pilot", but over the course of the last 42 years or so, have spent countless hours piloting various forms of model aircraft. They certainly didn't fly themselves, and I was/am the pilot in control.
As for your high and mighty post to a job opening from AAI...
FAA licenses or certificates such as private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument rating, CFI, CFI-I are highly desired.
Not required, but "desired".
Note also that the position to which you referred is for a Flight Crew Training Developer/Instructor...not a Pilot (if you really want to pick nits).
As for the other required skills, as a practicing Senior Electrical Engineer in the the Commercial Avionics sector in excess of 30 years, I believe I meet and/or exceed the technical and managerial qualifications listed for the job posted.
Also, the FAA under its current rule-making process, seems to have officially lumped all of the current radio control model operations in the United States into the category of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), and later this summer will release a formal NPRM that is headed in the direction of incorporating the RC hobby under the sUAS banner. As such, I have been a practicing sUAS operator for at least 40+ years, having begun experimenting with RC aircraft in the late 1960's. That would fulfill the first bullet of the "required experience" section.
To really pick nits, the definition of Pilot (as noun) is:
"a person who flies OR is qualified to fly an aircraft or spacecraft" -- Merriam-Webster Dictionary
"one who operates OR is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight" -- American Heritage Dictionary
-- it would seem that you can be a pilot with, or without a license.
Of course, you can also be a PILOT if your job is to navigate ships in and out of harbors...doesn't require an airplane at all!
You can be a Pilot if you are the first show of a TV series, or perhaps a movie that is designed later to be used to sell a series to one or more networks for syndication.
I can, if I choose, cough up about $9000 and some free time, and get that all important FAA license that makes me a "pilot". For all you know, I may already BE an FAA licensed pilot -- but you assume that I and many others in this sport are not. Assumptions are not fact.
As for that all important FAA license distinction. Many years ago, when I lived in Kansas City, the local club, KCRC held a helicopter fun fly. Part of that event included the arrival and subsequent static display of Life Flight's AS-350 helicopter and its crew. It was interesting to note what happened when I offered to let the fully accredited and FAA licensed PILOT to see if he could get my Schluter Superior off the ground. After several tanks of fuel, and after finally stuffing the tail rotor into the ground and destroying a main gear, it was obvious to all, including the FAA licensed PILOT, that he could NOT fly an RC helicopter.
Going back even further to a time when I lived in Bozeman, Montana, our club flew out of a portion of Gallatin Field for awhile. One of our visitors was a certified flight instructor who regularly not only taught others to fly full scale aircraft, but who also owned and operated a very nicely restored Great Lakes Trainer Bipe (and flew it in airshows, performing all sorts of cool, full-scale aerobatics). He was offered the controls of a Lanier Jester -- a plastic/foam 60-powered sport/pattern plane. In less than 15 seconds, he was inverted and heading for the ground, fully out of control. The peon, unlicensed, "pilot" who owned the plane, took the controls back, righted the airplane, and brought it back under control. This was repeated several more times with similar results.
It would seem that in both cases cited, being an FAA licensed PILOT did not offer these two people any innate or inherent ability to PILOT an RC aircraft. And that would go for a UAV as noted in the job posting from AAI you referred to.
Your intent is to demean those who don't have the FAA license -- claiming that "we" are not pilots, but "stick bangers", and your intent at the post directed at me was to demean me personally using a pejorative colloquialism that I actually find funny from growing up as a kid in Texas.
I also offered you reasonable, sound advice as an answer to your question about a "450 sized helicopter with the longest flight time". If you truly ARE an FAA licensed pilot, then you should first know that your question has no answer. Your PILOT training should have told you about weight/power/performance tradeoffs that must be made when it comes to flight. Perhaps you missed that part of ground school. I believe that comes in early, with the discussion of lift, drag, thrust, and gravity -- the four principle elements entering any formal discussion of flight in general.
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