I feel for you ...
Before I left UK in early 90's - I was an active member of SMAE, in fact became Rep for SMAE for a number of RC Clubs I was in. The BMFa was being organised to 'as they claimed' be more representative of model flyers. I can remember in those days the same arguments as happening today .... restrictions on where to fly and also how to get more people involved in the hobby. Since those days I have lived in the Baltics and guess what ... again I find myself part of an organisation arguing the same !! The only difference is that instead of Helicopters being the topic - its now multi-rotors creating a base for argument. Why is this ? Both Helicopters and MR's have a distinct difference to normal RC flying ... they can be flown in smaller spaces leading to 'idiots' choosing unsafe locations. The debate by the authorities and Hobby representative bodies are then drawn to include all forms of flight model ... collectively called UAV's. I do not blame authorities for trying to control UAV's ... but unfortunately many national bodies are picking up guidelines from other countries and incorporating into their own guidelines. Forgive me for saying this - but USA has gone through introduction of some draconian measures - these have influenced many other national bodies. Luckily Latvia where I am does hold serious discussions - LARPAS - and is part of the collective used by Latvian CAA and in turn the Eropean Union's discussion group. LARPAS and other European bodies such as BMFA have been able to get Club Rules accepted as waiver for CAA stricter flight governance in the EU proposed UAV rules. It remains to be seen how long this can be maintained given the 'idiots' still out there. One area that is outside of our control here - example DJI implementing USA style limitations in Firmware of its Drones. Despite for example Latvia being more relaxed but safe flying environment - we find our Phantoms etc. subject to excess strict limitations. I fear that our freedom to fly is eroding each day ever more as more locations ban the activity. Controversial comment : I for one believe that the ability to buy Multi-Rotor and Toy 2ch stuff in Supermarkets / Toy Shops - is detrimental to our hobby. They are generally models with poor or unstable control. But 'parent' is subjected to kids wanting them ... the 'parents' often have no idea of risks involved with flying them ... the kids literally just fly where they want. It does not need an accident - the fact that someones trying or is flying a 'drone' in the park is enough to cause ban to be applied ... The very term itself 'Drone' is bad - it conjures up 'blood and mayhem' .... and Media loves that. Remember Hogwart ? Who was flying over the beach and woman got upset with him ... later episode where he uploaded a video of a gun mounted on his multi-rotor and firing it ... Turned out later that the mobile phone video he made of the woman 'attacking him' had certain parts edited out ... but of course by then media had had their day and were not interested anymore. But anyway - its idiots like him and others like the guy who flew a Multi-Rotor in a New York street - colliding with posts .. walls etc. and put people in the street at risk ... he was heavily fined but its known - it did not change his ways .. he was member of an anarchic Drone group. Sadly we have to try live with it and educate public that majority are not like that. Trouble 'laws' are made based on the worst case scenario and penalise the majority. Rant over !!
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