To honor Mother's Day the Hellcat got assembled in the backyard for Nancy to take some photos and an engine run. No, I can't find any Mother's Day connection, either. The engine run went very well. Total weight is 30 lb 15 oz which includes 1 lb 15 oz added to the engine standoffs. Here are a few cell phone shots; haven't got Nancy's photos yet.
Yes, the fall event season is getting somewhat overloaded but those are the 2020 cards we are dealt. So the June 6 Biplane is now October 3. Current plan is that it will be National Model Aviation Day (NMAD) also with a raffle benefiting the AMA Foundation. This will be my last CD effort for this event. If you would like to take it over, let me know. You don't have to AMA sanction it. Darrell Abby
While waiting for paint masks, I set up the subwing to a specific incidence in relation to the upper wing. Then mixed up some Hysol and let it setup. After 5.5 hours the Hysol had set hard so flipped over to get a few pics.
As I've said for many years, all this FAA business is a major power grab towards a totalitarian Police State. Just like the COVID-19 "safety measures" are total power grabs to train the sheeple out there to run with the herd towards a police state. The frog is being boiled one degree at a time. It appears to be working.
The main issue is that having all of the model planes show up on traffic avoidance systems is going to produce nothing but unnecessary clutter. I worked in the air defense command for several years and as a weapons engineer for over thirty years. Only so much information can be displayed to a pilot at one time before they get overloaded.
I have a great deal of experience with IFF and traffic avoidance systems. More information is not necessarily better. It is hard to separate the wheat from the chaff even with computer systems help.
We have high speed computers, but we still do not have "real time" computing. Even if we did, there is the problem of how fast a pilot can see and respond to a threat as well as how fast an aircraft can maneuver to avoid another object in the air.
Another issue is the cost of putting the transponder on each one of our model planes. The FAA wants each model to have a unique identifier which is nice for them, but the cost per plane will be in the hundreds of dollars. It will also not be easy to transfer the system to another plane. The process will need FAA approval and registration just like N-numbered aircraft today.
Our model planes will not be able to use cheap little Chinese made ADS-B Out and transponder systems due to the requirement to interface with the government systems. They will need to meet the government certification requirements just like manned aircraft, or UAS that fly in controlled airspace. I can tell you from personal experience that the process is not cheap.
Our line of sight model planes are not a threat to manned aircraft when flown in accordance with the AMA guidelines, there is no problem to be solved. If an idiot or criminal wants to fly in an unsafe or dangerous manner, there is no possible way to stop them.
So there has never been aircraft flying low over the field? I know I had to dodge a couple airplanes before as the were low flying. Also yes your statements may be valid here but I can tell you it is not the same everywhere and in every situation. Haveing the ability to for them to appear to real aircraft traffic avoidance systems is a plus in my book as well it would have come in handy a few times.