I've been meaning to highlight the possible applications of next generation R/C planes for a while as we see an increasing drive with police and military (particularly in the US) towards the use of drone technology. It seems that CCTV and constant GPRS tracking via your phone among other tracking capabilities aren't enough these days so small drone vehicles are under development to track and follow us with particular use in large events and protests.
All seems lost until you discover that low-budget 'FPV' (first person view) aircraft are relatively easy to make at home and could help with many civil rights issues in the future.
Using over the counter bits and pieces you can create a 'First Person' R/C aircraft that not only is incredibly cool and fun to fly about, but could help defend political activists in the future and perhaps more importantly help provide evidence against heavy-handed
Baring in mind that in the past, Police who use undue force during protests etc often get away with it (the case with Ian Tomlinson in the G20 protests in London is one example of where evidence provided with witnesses camera footage at least helped gain a court case - but unfortunately failed to be enough to secure a conviction) especially in highly populated areas like protests where its difficult to get a decent view, helicopter FPV recording all which the police do could provide exceptional evidence against police brutality and also those dodgy cases where you see agent provocateurs mysteriously disappear through police lines. Having personally been at large, high profile protests it is incredibly frustrating when you see such misuse of power (aka, girls of fifteen, sixteen being hit with batons) and you haven't the time or ability to record events on the ground as it happens. This could really help in those situations.
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These kits are of course not the best, and you would do better with a much greater radio equipment and airframe but would be good for practice:
I imagine that not only would these planes be good in protest or foreseeable domestic conflicts but might also be useful in a SHTF scenario. If you live in the countryside it might be an ideal way of patrolling the perimeter of your land and immediate area without the danger of coming into contact with any dangerous groups or people. Or to simply check on livestock or check where that herd of deer is grazing so you know where to walk to with the gun later on.
I've been meaning to get one of these for a long while, but money is tight! I definitely will get one of these eventually though, even if its just for the lol's!
Or for perv'n! lol.