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Comment Re:comments are now underway on just this issue (Score 1) 77

"Simply draconian". Maybe I'm missing something obvious, but from what I read the intent seems to be to ensure that hobby aircraft are being flown the way they've been flown for years. I've flown R/C and been a member of the AMA, so I have some experience here though I'm hardly an expert.

I think the "problem" now is that, thanks to amazing technologies, it's so much easier to fly R/C aircraft than it has ever been. Because of these technologies anyone can learn to fly on their own, and that ends up bypassing the flying clubs and other groups that had, as an effect of their existence, a way to ingrain the principles that allow us to "operate in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization". When Joe Schmoe orders a quad-copter kit off the internet and doesn't have to scale the learning curve, both actual flying and pilot safety, he ends up, on average, more dangerous than those that had the benefit of those groups.

When those groups no longer become the dominant form of 'policing' of the use of these aircraft, it's no great surprise that regulators feel the need to step in to do the job, which doesn't fill me with great confidence.

A better solution, and it may be too late already, would be to get the developers of these aircraft to work with the AMA to get these new pilots involved with the existing R/C community rather than seeing them as something different.

Comment Re:Where is the burden of proof? (Score 1) 620

How do you prove that a person was 'texting, webbing, reading, etc'?

You do realize that your phone isn't some miracle device that just magically receives web pages and texts on its own, right? There's a whole infrastructure in place for connecting that phone to the interweb, and part of that infrastructure exists to log everything that happens on the network. Yeah, if you're reading the copy of Moby Dick you downloaded last night, that won't be so easy to prove; but when you're sending and receiving texts for the six minutes leading up to your crash, that'll be an easy case for the DA to make.

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