Sunday, November 15, 2020


I tune in thereto, and fascinating it is too, touching as it does upon drones in general and heavier drones like mine in particular.

Until recently, regulators worldwide had little or no interest in radio-controlled modellers and vice-versa. Then technology got to the point when large models could be built (and which modellers do not want a bigger member... ship?), around the time that multicopters became a nuisance to airline operations.

I've seen both sides in the form of spectacular displays of turbine-engined models on one hand, and a drone not a hundred feet removed from the Airbus I was flying on the other ~ and at an altitude of around eight thousand feet.

What I witnessed at the AGM today from its online host was the convergence of rules once only applied to airline operators increasingly being applied to everyone else with anything that leaves the ground in any shape or form.

It has been suggested that some time in the near future we shall all be monitored at every point in our lives, finally bringing to life the scenario imagined by Orwell as occurring by 1984.

What is increasingly apparent is that in a world of drone-delivery and three-dimensional taxis, that remit will be extended to every form of flying robot out there, which is what all aircraft will be once humans are removed from the equation (except as passengers).

With their social links and those between 'man-and-machine' I feel radio-control modellers may be going the way of the dinosaurs.