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Comment But they can fly an MQ-9 Reaper out of Syracuse! (Score 1) 410

No model planes within 30 miles of DC just because, but Syracuse N Y has MQ-9 Reapers flying overhead out of Syracuse International Airport.

If I was in a model airplane club affected by this, I would be radicalized by it.

I wonder how much those model airplane club fields will be selling for, and to whom?

Comment Re:Er... What's wrong with this exactly? (Score 1) 300

RC aircraft are usually not large enough to allow for a registration number to be read unless one is holding the device in one's hand.

I would suggest they require a mandatory transponder that is designed to always be in operation when the craft is operating.

A transponder that would operate on what frequencies, and would respond to what, and for what purpose?

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 1) 294

"U.S. law requires that anyone seeking to influence American policy or public opinion on behalf of a foreign government must register

How can this possibly be compatible with the US Constitution? Anyone should be free to say whatever they want.

And they CAN say whatever they want. They just have to disclose that their purpose is to undermine the will of the people of the US.

Comment Re:Nothing new here (Score 1) 216

Quad copters are the 'slob enabled technology' (SET) version of model aircraft.
No skill barrier to entry, and a skill-barrier to entry does a lot to preclude reckless acts which can endanger the ability to carry out the activity.

Example: It takes skill to ride a dirt-bike, quads are the slob-enabled technology version of the activity.

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