Mid-Air Collision Between Biplane and Remote-controlled Model

By Matthew Everett

A remote-control airplane show in Brighton, Colorado became the site of an FAA investigation when a remote-controlled model and a biplane collided. The collision was captured on an amateur video.

In the video, the remote-controlled plane, reported to be an AJ Slick model, is hovering over the runway. As the model continues to hover, the biplane, which according to the preliminary FAA report is an Acroduster Too with a smoke system, comes in for a low pass with smoke on and impacts the model. The biplane suffered minor wing damage, but was able to fly away and land safely. The model appeared to be beyond repair.

According to an FAA spokesman, the investigation is in early stages, but investigators have viewed the video and begun a file. Federal Aviation Regulations govern the operation of aircraft, but there are no regulations pertaining to the operation of model aircraft. Further complicating the situation, the event is reported to have taken place at a small, private airfield, so it is unlikely that this collision will result in any enforcement action or other sanctions.


Matthew Everett is a private pilot, aviation writer, and frequent contributor to AviationSchoolsOnline.com. You can follow him on twitter @leaving_tf or find his blog at http://leavingterrafirma.com.

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