Model planes - are they illegal too?

Especially in Norway, but in many other countries around the world as well, there are lots of talks about “drones” and “unmanned flying objects”, and whether they are illegal, or should be made illegal. The main reason behind all this recent talk is because companies like DJI has made an affordable way to fly a four-propelled craft, popularly called a Quadcopter. The DJI Phantom quadcopter as well as other brands, have sold like hot cakes recently, because they can be equipped with small cameras to record the flight and to take images.†

But, it’s not a new thing. Model planes have been flown all over the world for many years already. The new thing is that they can be equipped with cameras, and people are worried about their privacy, and suddenly as well, there is a danger these flying model-crafts can collide with commercial aviation and traffic. Also, over-the-top scary stories have appeared all across the Internet about such crafts “falling out of the sky” causing untold horror, and cuts. †

Additionally, they are normally referred by media as a “drone” - and people then think of war, and army spy-flights.†

If the Quadcopters are illegal, aren’t modelplanes also then illegal?

Is it the aerial photo- and videography that is illegal? (In Norway, all aerial photography is considdered an illegal activity). But if that is illegal, is it also in Norway for example illegal to take a picture out the window of a commercial airliner, or from a viewpoint high above a city? Isn’t that the same thing?

Anyway, here is a video of some pretty awesome model planes - big too. Not in Norway.†


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