Just another scare of the week to send the weak minded over the edge. How long have we had large scale remote control aircraft available to hobbyists? What about this is beyond the average engineering student or experienced hobbyist? Why not run a story about someone placing a good sized bomb in a RC plane for a poor mans cruise missile? Woulda, coulda, shoulda! Don’t we have enough real threats to worry about without this nonsense?
Back in the 1980’s the Greaseman on Wash DC’s FM 101.1 had a very funny bit about putting a .22 on a RC plane he painted black and used it to shoot down RC hobbyist’s planes that were keeping him up when he was trying to sleep during his work at a station where he worked nights.
Yes, I'll name the top three.
RC is line of sight control. Drones have autonomous GPS-guided navigation that can be programed for the drone to move to a series of “way points” that can be set for any point in three dimensions (above ground, of course!)
Several years back a hobbyist flew his “toy” drone airplane on GPS autopilot from Ireland to the US. The Islamist at the link below pulled the kit together to attack the Capitol and Pentagon!
“The jihadist drummer: Muslim musician held over plot to attack Pentagon with remote-controlled toy plane packed with explosives”