Originally Posted by Gary Evans
A RTH system in a plane will bring it back to the pilot by turning the radio off and a plane without one will fly to God know where and hit God knows what when you lose it. Which do you think is more dangerous?
All RC planes are UAV's to FAA. Read the first paragraph of 14CFR Part91.
RC planes are except from federal UAV regulations if flown for recreational purposes.
As XC is currently flown, no computer controlled autopilot devices are allowed. even Gyros are not allowed. I would argue that at the very least a heading hold gyro should be allowed on rudder only. this would allow a more safe traverse of tree tunnels like we experienced this weekend at the SVSS XC contest. A $3000 ship was lost and my team came very close to the same fate.