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Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 110

You can get away with that using smaller "park flier" planes as they are less able to cause damage, but there is risk involved.

In this case, size does indeed matter. AMA defines a park flyer as less than 2 lbs, less than 60 mph and electric only. Many of our fit into that category, but others do not. My heaviest plane is around 5 lbs., with a 60" span and some of my faster planes will fly in excess of 80 mph. We don't have many that fly larger craft in these spaces on a regular basis, but we do have internal combustion craft. If we need more room, we find an adequate location. We always work to ensure that everyone is safe, even those in surrounding areas. We also stay below 400' AGL when flying LOS for practical reasons. Most often, I'm under 150' AGL. FPV is another matter altogether.

If you hurt someone you will be personally liable and wont be insured.

There is a question of liability, but your comment seems a little broad. I may not be insured by the AMA (I'm never quite sure what that policy covers), but I certainly carry insurance in addition to AMA membership.

By comparison any official club will register with international model aircraft organisations. They train their members in the rules of safe flying, and provide insurance if something goes wrong. A few years ago my local club was $180 per year, not cheap but not too bad considering they have to maintain grounds as well.

As for fees, $180 would be high in my area. Most are between $50 and $75 annually. The advantage is apparent the first time you fly at one of their fields. Still, I'll fly at the local parks whenever I can and avoid the 20 - 40 mile commute. All of the AMA sanctioned fields are a good distance away.

We always select the venue with the aircraft requirements in mind.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 110

Where do you live? We just show up and after a quick survey of the area, we fly. Occasionally, the police show up, but they just seem interested in watching. Occasionally they'll come over and ask questions just as other bystanders do. We also have one police officer who flies with us at the same parks. He doesn't come to spy or curb our flying. He comes because he enjoys the company.

Comment: Re:Great for dealing drugs (Score 4, Insightful) 102

by 6ULDV8 (#47626055) Attached to: Why Bhutan Might Get Drone Delivery Copters Before Seattle Does

The activities you describe are already illegal. It's naughty to kill people too, but adding more laws won't affect people that refuse to follow laws that already exist.

Using the logic you've proposed, we should outlaw computers too. Or even pencils. I've heard tales of pencils being used to write secret notes of illegal activity.

Comment: Re:What did they expect for that price? (Score 3, Funny) 177

>> That's less than 13 cents each. What kind of quality did they expect??
> $200.00 / 15000 ~= 0.0133 cents each

He's still technically correct, and that's the best kind of correct. Your example would be $0.0133 each. I'm heading back to cartoons now.

Comment: Re:How is that an "upshot"? (Score 1) 167

by 6ULDV8 (#44706831) Attached to: Uber Tip-Skimming Allegations Could Spark National Class Action

I guess I'm in the kiddie lawsuit group. The last class action settlement I received was a voucher for $1000 off my next purchase from General Motors. Granted I didn't have to lay out any cash or expend any effort, but as others have said, I had no plans to purchase another vehicle from them. The voucher also had an expiration date, so the settlement was of no value to me. Am I glad they got sued? Not really. I was never harmed. The truck was 20 years old at the time of the settlement. I think I got fair use from the purchase. Also, as others have said, if these suits didn't exist, there would be no recourse for the average consumer.

The suits are no different from state and federal settlements where the majority of the fine goes to the agency and consumers are left on their own. I don't like either case, but I don't have a better solution that would give enough incentive for the attorneys to tackle them. I'm going to watch cartoons now.

Comment: Re:No utility whatsoever? (Score 3, Funny) 176

by 6ULDV8 (#44635557) Attached to: Single Developer Responsible For Over 47k Apps In BlackBerry World

Search for Amazon: looks like it simply redisplays the Amazon mobile site in an app and adds a few features e.g. writing a review into the native interface. In the absence of an official Amazon app for the Blackberry, it may well be useful for the avid Amazon shopper.

Especially while shopping for a new phone.

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