Hobbyists React to RC Terror Plot

September 29, 2011 Updated Sep 29, 2011 at 8:22 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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September 29, 2011 Updated Sep 29, 2011 at 8:22 PM EDT


(Cheektowaga, N.Y.) Federal Agents arrested 26-year old Rezwan Ferdaus after they discovered he planned to use radio control planes to carry out a terror attack.

Authorities say the Massachusetts man was plotting to put C-4 explosives in large scale radio controlled airplanes.

Ferdaus was then going to fly them into the Washington Capitol and Pentagon.

In Western New York, radio controlled airplane flying is very popular.

Now many hobbyists worry that this most recent terror plot could result in new regulations affecting radio control pilots.

"It is one bad apple ruining it for everyone," says Jim Ehrig, President of the Flying Knights of Hamburg RC club.

Chris Brooks, spokesman for the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), says they were "outraged" by the plot.

"To think that your very wholesome, educational, family hobby is wrapped up in that - its heartbreaking"

The Academy of Aeronautics represents 140,000 model airplane enthusiasts.

They are currently working with the FAA to come up with new safety regulations for radio controlled planes.

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