Drones Gaining Ground in the Air

Pilots of commercial passenger jets have complained about them and the FAA is scrambling to find a way to regulate them as drones are becoming more popular.

The Omahawks have been flying model airplanes for years but now they are dealing with something new in the sky.

Drones are becoming more popular but the hobbyists say the machines are nothing new.

Ed Paasch said, “It’s been kind of an interesting phenomenon. What most people think of as drones have been around for quite a while. Hobbyists have been taking pictures, putting cameras on R/C airplanes and taking pictures for decades.”

The Omahawks started their club in 1952. The 130 members fly all sizes of model airplanes and helicopters and now the club is making room for drones. Their accent is on safety and responsibility.

Paasch said, “They’ve been getting a lot of press because like any piece of technology it can be misused. You can use a golf ball to play a game in a park or you can use a golf ball to hit car windshields with. It just depends on who’s swinging the club.”

Roland Lynons has been flying model planes for 15 years. He’s picked up a new model to fly.

The drone pilot said, “When drones came out it was just a little easier to fly and a lot more relaxing and a lot of fun.”

The remote control pilots say the drones are just like model airplanes and the pilots who use them have to use common sense.

This year’s annual Omahawks air show at Standing Bear Lake was a benefit for the Make a Wish Foundation.

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