Ferengi80 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 695 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3895 times:
A friend in San Francisco sent me this link from CNN, which reports that the NTSB blames pilot error for the crash of an unmanned drone near Nogales, Arizona, in April 2006. They also made 22 safety recommendations regarding the aircraft.
This is the first time the NTSB have investigated the crash of a pilot-less airplane.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14365 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3080 times:
Quoting Srbmod (Reply 7): This does present an interesting precedence. Will the NTSB start investigating other r/c a/c crashes? I could see them investigating the crash of little Timmy Jones' r/c Piper Cub......
Don't think so. In Germany any remotely controlled aircraft with a MTOW over 20Kgs (and those are pretty big, like scale models of a 747 with four turbine engines and 5 meters wingspan, almost like a small GA aircraft) needs to be approved off by the aviation authority. So I think this would be the lower limit.