August 14th, 2015, 05:06
The trick will be to distinguish between drones and model planes. We know the difference, but defining it in terms useful for law and regulations might not be so obvious. Like art and pornography, it's one thing to recognize one from the other, but quite another to define them legally.
One might think that drones with cameras are causing problems while regular model planes are not, and that would undoubtedly be correct almost all the time, but one could operate a camera-less drone or a model plane in a dangerous manner.
Folks who fly model planes are virtually all aviation enthusiasts and have enough knowledge of aviation to fly their models safely, without interfering with real aircraft. Some drone flyers might have this knowledge too, but many, perhaps most, are clueless,...