Local Company Leading Work on Unmanned Aircraft – Springfield News Sun
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“I had intended to get into it. I didn’t intend to get into it so soon,” said Frank Beafore, executive……
“Don’t use the word drone. Ever,” Beafore said. “A drone is a dumb aircraft towed behind another aircraft for target practice.”
The above quotation is important. The “D” word is being used as a pejorative to attack our hobby and those that fly multi-rotors and experiment with FPV and other types of advancements in our hobby. It’s our job as experienced participants to use the correct language in order to disarm those that would try to redefine the model aircraft pastime as a bunch of peeping toms, spys or other nefarious operators. Many of the program advancements in military and defense vehicles are directly attributable to fellow RC’rs participation. Advancements from out own hobby is what makes these devices and the saving of American lives possible. I would suggest when you hear the “D” word, be quick to point out your model is not an object of target practice, nor is it an autonomous robot. Our models are remotely piloted by a human being.
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