It occurs to me on this July 5th that my evening was spent with my neighbors performing a patriotic duty. We enjoyed a wonderful fireworks filled evening of fun and celebration. I even corrupted a couple of young boys by giving their father highly illegal bottle rockets. I enjoyed watching the father teach his sons about what “bottle rockets” are. How to launch them safely and that good ol dad really is a barrel of fun. Between myself and my neighbors, we had quite a display. Over an hour of entertainment and reminders of what we did to the Liberty Objecting British of old. All of those fireworks, every rocket, every giant bloom, every explosion was quite assuredly against the law. Most patriotic of all; we were civilly disobedient. We did what we wanted, we harmed no one. Liberty!
What is Liberty? Liberty is the capacity to act without hindrance according to one’s own self interest without inhibiting others from the same. A group does not approve of something other people wish to do. So they write it down on paper and vote among themselves to use force and violence to assure compliance with their own personal choices. Their voting does not make the behavior they wish to impose on others moral. Nor does it make the use of violence moral against those who force no one. I’m pointing out that immoral laws which substitute our choices with the will of others cannot stand in the face of mass disobedience. Or should I say, cannot long stand in the burning gaze of free people. The 4th of July is a day of civil disobedience. Disobedience to the crown, disobedience to King George who claimed a right to impose his law and will on people. It’s a celebration of our declaring our independence against the imposition of law. It is a reminder of what can be accomplished against tyranny if we are only willing to stand boldly against it together. By lighting off high altitude fireworks for an hour, we are clearly not depending on “luck” not to get caught. Our burning eyes stare down those who would force their personal choices on us. Let our dear Sheriff come to quash a celebration of freedom and Liberty. He is elected. Let the police officer arrive who’s chief is hired by the mayor who is elected. Apparently these patriots, by not arriving to squash Independence Day are civilly disobedient with us. As they should be, lest they become exposed in the white hot public spotlight.
Independence Day refreshes my resolve to remain free. I pound my chest when I state boldly, I am for Liberty.
Have you responded to the FAA yet? Will you sit back and take it while the very technology we have developed in this hobby is barred from our use? Here is my response just filed with the FAA. Read the AMA action notice. Do it today! Read your AMA action notice.
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Comments regarding FAA-2014-0396
The suggested regulation of recreational model aircraft is in complete violation to the law: “The Federal Aviation Administration may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft or an aircraft being developed as a model aircraft,…”
The suggested regulations ignore the many decades of safe operation of model aircraft in our airspace.
The stipulation outlawing First Person View rejects the most basic requirements of sense and avoid. Preventing a model aircraft operator from looking through the models windscreen while full scale pilots are required to do so is inconsistent with logic. The notion of outlawing a technology seems to be a movement back to the dark ages.
How are new products to be demonstrated by sponsors and factory pilots at modeling events? Suggesting that the FAA should be in control of these pilots as they are over professional full scale pilots ignores the great difference in scale. Models do not carry human beings. I manufacture model kits which are sold through my company. You seek to subject me to criminal charges each time I fly one in public. When a customer asks me to test fly or otherwise evaluate a model which was purchased from me years ago, your vague rules would imply that I could not do so. I could be accused of flying professionally. Am I to avoid using my own products in public in order to avoid prosecution by a resume’ enhancing government regulator? Seriously?
Limiting model aircraft to 400′ nationwide rejects common sense safety practices already in place at many model flying parks. Those operators are familiar with likely traffic patterns currently. Operation of sailplanes which often fly higher than 400′ will essentially be banned by your new proposed rules.
I reject every point of the FAA’s proposal FAA-2014-0396 as similar and as objectionable as the IRS scandal. Here we have a government agency blatantly attempting to circumnavigate a law (FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012
Senate Bill, Section 607(g)) passed by congress and signed by the president designed to protect citizens from draconian government over reach. The IRS is getting away with immoral treatment of citizens. Is it the policy of the FAA to expand into the current vacuum of prosecution of Liberties objectors in a similar way? Expanding the FAA’s yoke of control to every hobby industry employee will have a stifling effect on our hobby and future development from which the entire country benefits.
It’s particularly despicable that the very people who have developed these capabilities for our national defense and environmental study, farming uses, fire and rescue capability would be barred from it’s use and further development. I consider these actions an intolerable objection to Liberty of honest law abiding citizens.
New event near Dayton Ohio. This full scale fly in takes place with area pilots and those stopping over on their way to Oshkosh.
Join real barnstorming pilots an model pilots for an entertaining weekend full of activities
Check it out at: Barstorming Carnival
Antique biplane rides
Vintage 1920 and 1930 aircraft on display with actual barnstorming pilots
RC Model airplane and Helicopter demonstrations
Custom car cruise – in
Ford Model A cars
Kids model rocket build ( 3:00 pm ) * See additional information*
Kids Bounce house
Pancake/ Fly-in breakfast (Saturday 8:00am- 11:00am)
Outdoor barnstorming movie Held at Young’s Dairy Farm. *Free admission!*
This is what a modeler looks like who is getting to sit in a Tiger Moth for the very first time.
Franz Frank from Sweden sits in Tiger Moth
Franz Frank, a customer from Sweden shares his euphoria with us. What a smile!
The FAA may have no legal right to regulate UAV activities. Check Peter Sach’s Drone Law blog: Drone Law
Check out this fun scratch built project.
Jack Books RC American Junior Project
Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior Dummy Radial built by Donald Kurtz
Photo provided by Donald Kurtz, local scale builder. He’s building a Beech 18 and needed two dummy radials. No engine kit was available in the correct scale. The metal parts are K&S aluminum and copper tubing. The brass you see on the plug wires is brass rod. Cylinders are hardwood dowel, heads and rocker boxes are balsa. Engine block is the top of a plastic drink bottle with a thin plywood washer to form the brush-less motor shaft exit. The entire engine comes apart just in case he needs to service a cylinder. The rocker box’s will not be visible when the cowling is installed and are simply there to hold the push-rod tubes. Great job Don!
Actual Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior
AFter extensive searching, I had to figure this out for myself. I believe this is the first and only solution to eliminate edge swiping annoyingly opening up the right hand Charms Bar and taking control of your pointer. 1/25/2014. It wasn’t actually all that difficult. Follow instructions below.
Windows 8.1 Charms annoyance defeated! Control panel (or begin typing “control panel”), select “Mouse”, Then select” Device Settings” tab. Then select “Settings” button. Un-check “Enable Edge Swipes”. This effectively disables the charms bar annoyance because it is not now triggered by the swiping on the right 1/4 of the touch pad. I also unchecked “Tapping”. Just re-positioning my finger to move the pointer was causing occasional selections of items on screen. Way too sensitive on the tapping feature and no way to adjust the sensitivity that I have yet discovered. So there you go, I’m now happy with Windows 8.1. The desire to do this as asked about in many forums and on YouTube but there are no published answers that I could find. I noticed in a YouTube video somebody had a menu up with these check box’s and was able (with some help) to find it today. Enjoy!