Raphael Pirker, a.k.a. Trappy, is a FPV
pilot who came to be well known after the video from his New York flight
went viral. While most of the media coverage of Trappy's NYC exploits was positive
, the incident prompted a heated debate
in the hobbyist community, and the authorities took a dim view
Shortly afterwards, Trappy was hired by a PR firm to do an aerial video
shoot over the University of Virginia. The FAA, having banned commercial use of UAVs
in 2007, took the unusual step of issuing a $10,000 fine
for the unauthorized flight.
Earlier this month Trappy's attorneys filed a response
(pdf) to the FAA's action which questions whether the FAA holds jurisdiction over "model aircraft" in the first place. According to Wired Magazine
, he court's decision could determine the future of model aviation and miniature UAVs in the US. Once again, the response from the hobbyist/entrepreneur community has been spirited
. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus
on Oct 17, 2013 -
A Tragedy of Errors.
On Feb. 21, 2010, a convoy of vehicles carrying civilians headed down a mountain in central Afghanistan and American eyes in the sky were watching. "The Americans were using some of the most sophisticated tools
in the history of war, technological marvels of surveillance and intelligence gathering that allowed them to see into once-inaccessible corners of the battlefield. But the high-tech wizardry would fail
in its most elemental purpose: to tell the difference between friend and foe." FOIA
of US cockpit and radio conversations and an interactive feature
provide a more in-depth understanding of what happened.
posted by zarq
on Apr 10, 2011 -