IMO the importers and MAAA have got us poor Aussies by the short & curlies with their generally adopted by most clubs 'No 'C tick' - No Fly rule' that has been applied to 2.4GHz radios.
This is despite the fact that, in the case of Spektrum/Jr systems for instance, Horizon Hobbies actually distribute the same absolutely identical 2.4GHz Spektrum radios that we use here, all over the world, all of which have passed the rigourous U.S. FCC requirements, and also have the EEC's CE compliance as well.
They are imported and distributed here by Modelflight, the only difference being that the Tx and Rx modules have a little 'C' tick sticker on the back! That makes them so much better and safer to use - right???
I'm sure the importers of these and also the importers of Futaba and the X-Treme 2.4GHz equipt would have had individual systems checked by ACMA, and would then undoubtedly pass on the compliance costs to the buyer, but this should surely not preclude users of identical, and I stress identical, imported 2.4GHz radios from being able to use them here.
But, quite naturally, the importers want you to buy their considerably more expensive, Aussie-fied, and now fully compliant radios from them, now they have their little 'C' tick sticker, despite them being identical in every way to an import, and confirmed by Product Support at Horizons.
On the other hand however, the MAAA is afraid of litigation and having to have their insurer pay out if an accident, however unlikely to be caused by a radio malfunction, can possibly be sheeted home to a non-compliant radio failure. Unfortunately many clubs have taken this line, applying the No-fly rule if it ain't gotta 'C' tick. Even though most unfortunate arrivals are due to pilot error, or interference, if we don't want to blame the pilot. This will be harder to prove if what is said to be true about 2.4GHz radios being so much safer is half true!
Therefore fellow Aussie flyers, don't consider importing, or bringing back to Oz, a non-C-ticked 2.4GHz radio.
What really concerns me though, and is worth thinking about, is that this legal insurance restrictive facet of flying any RC models may become the thin end of the wedge in regards to two other restrictions that could be brought in by the MAAA.
For example, a person can turn up at a club field, complete with his nice and legal for Oz 'C' ticked radio controlling, we hope, his model - right?
So that isn't a problem. Or is it?
However he's actually a newbie member, he pays his membership fees, and has his nice little FAI - MAAA card, which is actually his insurance policy, or, if he's not a member, a possible visitors fee, and assures the club safety officer after showing him his MAAA FAI Card, that he is a competent RC flyer - But is he?
Does he have his 'wings' to prove he's a competent flyer?
Also is his aircraft built, and the radio and his aircraft controls functioning properly?
He should really have to have a pilots license, and his aircraft have an airworthiness certificate to keep the rest of the citizens of Oz safe!
Perhaps there will, in the near future, be a mandatory requirement that all pilots have to undergo training and gain a proper Certificate of competence - a pilots licence, before they can fly. Actually not a bad idea in fact.
Also that their aircraft should have to pass a C of A to prove that it too can not possibly cause an accident, rendering our MAAA liable in this increasingly litigous world we live in.
There is far more chance of aircraft loss because of these factors than the increasingly reliable radios from wherever they are bought.
I strongly suggest all RC flyers considering purchasing 2.4GHz equipt read MAAA MOP058, which despite noting that most radios we are likely to consider are currently accepted systems, according to Appendix A. still insist that they be compliant - if you can decypher the vaguaries of the 'legalese' in which it is written.
Food for thought.