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07-13-2019 01:41 AM  38 days ago
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wjvail

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No Flying in New Orleans This Weekend.
I just got an email from the FAA. If the weather wasn't enough to ground you, the FAA has. Obviously no one is going to fly during the storm. I can see where it'd be tempting to go out after it passes and see what there is to see. Don't be caught by surprise. There is NOTAM out for New Orleans and potentially a TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction).

The last I heard, all R/C models are drones. They don't have to have 4 propellers to be grounded.

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07-13-2019 02:05 AM  38 days ago
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I'm curious what others think;
I have always thought of "drones" as autonomous or semi-autonomous machines. I really don't see how a model heli without safe or rescue abilities could be confused with a drone. Obviously the powers that be will interpret it in the most convenient terms to justify controlling everything and everybody, but does a model heli without any autonomous abilities really fit the definition of "drone"?
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07-13-2019 12:43 PM  37 days ago
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I would still fly on my property.
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07-13-2019 01:50 PM  37 days ago
wjvail

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electriciancarl...
I'm curious what others think;
I have always thought of "drones" as autonomous or semi-autonomous machines. I really don't see how a model heli without safe or rescue abilities could be confused with a drone. Obviously the powers that be will interpret it in the most convenient terms to justify controlling everything and everybody, but does a model heli without any autonomous abilities really fit the definition of "drone"?
We are getting somewhat off the topic and the the discussion of "what is a drone" has been round-and-round.

Autonomous - "undertaken or carried on without outside control" Merrium-Webster.

Drone - "an unmanned aircraft or ship guided by remote control or onboard computers".

I'm of the opinion that, by definition, we are, and always have been, drones. In the past that was not a problem. But not only has the world around us (modelers) change, we also have changed. Since this site came up in 2001, we have developed flybarless controllers with rescue and bailout capable of flying the model without intervention.

For the purposes of this thread, the FAA doesn't want a model/drone/RC helicopter/DJI/etc flying in an area where they believe civil and National Guard aircraft may be performing search and rescue. No question about it - there is a LOT of room for discussion; but, the FAA has taken the approach that they don't want to see anything not licensed by them in the air over New Orleans this weekend.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drone
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