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Matt Hinshaw/The Daily CourierCasa de Aero R/C Club members Jack Hardy, left, and Walter Wilken prepare Hardy’s new Eflite Carbon Z Cub for its maiden flight on Oct. 31, 2013, at the Casa de Aero Airfield on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott.

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Model airplane enthusiasts have flown radio-controlled (R/C) aircraft for decades, with models ranging from trainers made out of Styrofoam to highly detailed replicas of specific airplanes and helicopters. But they've been caught up in the furor over "drones," or what the federal government calls Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). In the strictest sense, an R/C airplane is a UAS, although a UAS typically has a specific, often commercial, use and R/C airplanes are flown for personal enjoyment.

February 5, 2014