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Here's a photo: Retired Lt. Col. Thomas Mudge, a ground controller for the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, remotely pilots a QF-4 during a Combat Archer mission May 12, 2015 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. QF-4s were retired in 2016. They are now flying the QF-16.


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The concept would be a hard sell for both passengers and non-passengers alike. You not only risk lives in the air, but on the ground as well. I would not want a fully laden B747 flying above me. The biggest reasons are: The human pilot in the cockpit has a vested interest in performing a safe flight. The vast majority of pilots are not suicidal (99.999%). ...


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In the US, the main operators of large UAS (i.e. non CFR Part 107 aircraft) are Air National Guard (MQ-9) and the Department of Homeland Security (Customs and Boarder Protection, also MQ-9). Here is a table from the Pentagon on how many missions UAS flew domestically in FY2018. (Note that these are "missions" and do not include other types of operations such ...


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You have to take into account the intent of the regulation. I think the regulations intent is to ensure the pilot has been evaluated on his knowledge within the previous two years by either a CFI or examiner. With that in mind, a flight review by a CFI or passing a practical test by an examiner satisfies the requirement for the remote operator to take the ...


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In terms of in-flight behavior, the biggest change between dihedral and polyhedral (or tip dihedral) with the same overall stability is more roll response for a given yaw input -- this occurs because yaw-induced roll is caused by the skid presenting the outside wing at a higher angle of attack than the inside, and this effect is both more pronounced, per ...


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To answer the latter part of your question according to FAA regulations no UAS' may fly out of line of sight or without a chase plane: Flights below FL180 must have a dedicated observer. These duties may be performed by a ground based observer or chase plane. So in according to the legislation it never happens, at least not regularly. You can get a ...


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I passed back in December 2016. Took 3 days to get temp license and about 90 days to get my perm license. Took me a week of study watching Youtube videos on weather and sectionals, in conjunction with UAS107 prep app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uas107.openrobotix.labs&hl=en)


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If you are "new to flying" please do not start out by making modifications to your kit. Build it faithfully and to the letter as best you can. Secondly, rocket power may be too much for now. Take your model to a good hill and learn to glide it first. Changing a dihedral to a polyhedral will only make your build more difficult. Biggest issues will be ...


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