allowed on the DB, or is it manned a/c only - FWIW Predators are of a similar size to a Cessna single and have "real aircraft" USAF serial numbers. There are a couple of Predator images on the DB but they're from a while ago so I'm not sure of current policy.
F4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2797 times:
The Aviation Nation airshow at Nellis this year was the billed as the first aerial demonstration at a public airshow of the Predator. During the show on Saturday (I was photographing at McCarran on Sunday) the Predator was orbiting above providing aerial images shown to the crowd on the big screens at either end of the show line. After the Thunderbirds performed, a Predator made a simulated Hellfire rocket attack. I thought it ironic that the Thunderbirds normally are the finale of an airshow, but, at their homecoming performance, they were followed by the unmanned RQ-1. Could it be a harbinger of things to come?
Cottage Grove, MN
Seeking an honest week's pay for an honest day's work
TZ From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2003, 1085 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2474 times:
UAVs are not permitted into the database. This issue has long been a hot topic of debate within the crew, with some UAVs closely resembling conventional aircraft while others are more akin to radio-controlled scale models or even guided missiles.
In order to draw a very clear line in the sand and remove any ambiguity, the rule is that no UAVs are allowed to enter the database.
Having discussed with Johan, we cannot recall exactly what date this decision became policy. Therefore all existing images should remain. As always, photos are judged by the contemporary standards at the time of screening. Quite obviously it would be unfair to retrospectively apply a rule to previously accepted images. Only in absolutely exceptional circumstances are images retrospectively judged (if they cause significant offence, etc). This is not such a situation.
So, in summary, those in the db will stay. No further UAVs will be accepted. If you notice one which sneaked into the db by mistake, just email the screeners and we'll take care of that. We're not always perfect!
airliners.net Head Screener
TZ Aviation - Aeropuerto de los Banditos Team Images