Originally Posted by pizzano
Check out the horsepower behind this formal complaint filed against the FAA today:
Has given this academic debt accumulator (me) a little more respect for "how" my money is being distributed by the higher level learning institutions.....
I've read the cease and desist order to Reed Timmer concerning his use of these model airplanes for investigating tornados and other similar type weather patterns.
Reed is trying to document these weather phenomenon to SAVE
lives. On the other hand, the FAA is grounding the use of UAV's for this purpose since they might have issues with full scale planes.
I for the life of me can't understand why anyone flying a full scale airplane would fly closer than many miles from a tornado, and Reeds UAV equipment. This model equipment just seems to be a perfect match to investigations of this sort. They can fly close to the weather phenomenons, and if they get hit with some real bad wind conditions, the pilot is only out a bunch of $$$$, not his life.
It just seems strange to me.
Cease-and-desist letter detailing the FAA’s expansive new interpretation of pubic airspace.