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May 24, 2007, 09:46 PM
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Could this be a threat to our hobby or worse?

I have been interested in RC planes for a long time and have thought some anout UAV's. Being in the USAF and getting to see some UAV's in action and having to look for terrorest threats a thought occured to me. What kind of danger or harm could someone used a large scale model as a weapon. With the technology that is available and the motivation to cause harm that some people have, isn't it a matter of time before someone builds a drone equipped to carry a dangerous payload?

The method used to build such a UAV is not my focus here, I dont want to encourage anyone to move in this direction of turn this into a terrorists how-to. My worry is that if it happens the danger to the hobby could be great. Law makers could be pushed to set regulations that would limit what, where, and how we fly and build. Imagin having to register our models having to have them inspected or certified. Being limited to only a few places to fly or being limited on the size of out models.

I think it is just a matter of time before we have to deal with this. Has this topic been brought up already?
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May 24, 2007, 10:21 PM
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Argghhhh, Here we go again.

Use a rider truck and automobiles. They're the current M.O.
Please lock this thread before this starts up again. Sit and think just for a minute how many ways there are to kill a lot of people and start thinking about shutting all of them them down. Bear in mind ancient people used to stone people to death. The last thing we need is people in our own ranks talking about what havoc we can wreak. Again. Join the good guys. Please.

May 24, 2007, 11:11 PM
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Your spoon full of _Terror_ for the week
May 24, 2007, 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by typicalaimster

Your spoon full of _Terror_ for the week
May 24, 2007, 11:53 PM
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you'd be insane to use a model airplane when you could use a Cessna. Even a single seat ultralight airplane can carry 200lbs of something that could do real damage. A model airplane can carry 20 lbs if you lie a little.
May 25, 2007, 12:31 AM
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What is that saying about the government prying my transmitter from my cold dead hands?...

I agree with kd7ost; these discussions don’t make one a better UAV designer, external pilot or aerial photographer and that’s what we are here to do.

From an international perspective, our FAA problems are very local indeed and must grow tiresome to the many international readers of these threads. One should write one’s local congressman or newspaper if one has a “homeland” security concern and keep local politics and laws out of an international technology forum.

May 25, 2007, 01:14 AM
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Originally Posted by typicalaimster

Your spoon full of _Terror_ for the week
I agree that it takes open eyes and alert modelers to protect our hobby. Good citizenship always applies.
Last edited by HELModels; May 25, 2007 at 01:45 AM.
May 25, 2007, 02:08 AM
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I wonder if the mods would be willing to move this thread, and others like it, to the "Life, The Universe, and Politics" forum. I'm all for open discussion but these things always turn into a mess, and as workshop pointed out, are hardly even relevant to what this forum is truly about.

Originally Posted by Wingnut31
Has this topic been brought up already?
Sincerely no offence, but yes it has, many tiring and pointless times. At the end of the day, the questions being posed answer themselves, nor are there ultimately any actionable outcomes that come from them. It just gets people's shackles up and makes everyone cranky for a month or so.

Especially Dan...

May 25, 2007, 02:33 AM
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Sucking up wont move it. Getting cranky yet? The automod needs to register certain key phrases and words, and possibly a few warnings need to be issued. When the threshold reaches the magic number, automod kicks in and then MtnGoat joins the discussion. Let me try:

Patriot Act
Al Qaeda
Al Qaida
Al Dente
Al Gore
May 25, 2007, 02:35 AM
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During the waning days of WW2 the Japanese tried balloons packed with explosives to fly across the pacific on the Jet stream but they weren't very successful. If terrorists wanted to blow something up it would be much easier to just use a Ryder truck or car as stated in an earlier reply.
Sure, they "could" use an RC plane but if they were that intent it'd be much easier and more effective to load a Cessna up and do it that way. Besides, how ya gonna get those forty virgins if you don't fly it in yourself?
May 25, 2007, 02:42 AM
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Quit trying to make it a relevant discussion.
May 25, 2007, 02:46 AM
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Global Warming
Melting Ice Caps
Fox News

Turn it into something useless
May 25, 2007, 02:49 AM
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Let's play Whack-a-Mole
May 25, 2007, 03:12 AM
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Start linking to LUP, couple of pages of that might do it.
May 25, 2007, 03:13 AM
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throw a few anger icons in there, shake it all up, and bake on 375 for an hour.

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