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The first step to consider toward achieving the goal of becoming a UAV operator is simply by becoming being a hobbyist.

The best way to gain this information, Sprague said, is to get involved in hobby flying RC aircraft. Although this hobby “can be addictive and expensive,” it is the best way to quickly educate yourself in the UAV/UAS operations.

Far more than simply building and flying RC vehicles, Sprague advises the seriously-interested officer to join an AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) sanctioned RC club. Merely by being at the flying field with other club members, the hobbyist will be surrounded by experienced pilots who have a wealth of knowledge and insight into design and development of unmanned aircraft. There, the new hobbyist will be exposed to safety guidelines, aviation etiquette, and the FAA.

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Don’t kill RC modeling in the SF Bay Area

Breuner Marsh field in Richmond is one of the very few places in the Bay Area to practice it without having to drive over 160 miles round trip. The Bay Area Radio Control Society (BARCS) – a non profit organization – has been flying from this site for over 30 years. During this time, not only hundreds of members have benefited of enjoying this hobby but also, BARCS has been a pàying tenant, an excellent steward of the land, providing maintenance, public bathrooms and keeping people from dumping or sleeping in the area.

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