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Fighting against the DARK SIDE

Hai-Lee

Old and Bold RC PILOT
#1
I am ashamed to admit it but some, (more than I had ever suspected), Australians are mindless bigots. Recently I had a dispute in the local club which involved the national modelling associations and even the Federal regulator.
I had been using a Smartsafe setup for over three years and finally stopped all radio interference and range issues with my setups. I progressed to being a flight instructor among many other positions including being elected to the local club committee. When the national association introduced flight competency testing it all hit the fan.
The testing rules were rewritten at the local club to exclude Smartsafe operation completely. Of course I objected especially as it was a senior management decree!
I raised the matter with the national association and the federal regulator. During the discussion I raised the fact that I had been working on a safe radio control system and operating method for use by the disabled, (I am a defence Veteran after all). SUDDENLY everything changed and I was given the choice of abandoning the use of Smartsafe altogether, (and with it any radio control system for the disabled), or leave the club. I was forcibly ejected!
Since then I have had a committee member harass and threaten both myself and anyone he sees me associating with and was taken to making false complaints to the local authorities of my flying in a dangerous manner and where flying is prohibited.
This was bad enough and easily countered with facts and the local laws/regulations but now I find there are efforts afoot to prevent my forming a local RC club that allows disabled members to fly in accordance with the federal regulations.
Luckily I still have a few supporters within the club though I am loath to identify any of them and most do not wish to be known, (in case they share my fate), BUT just recently I was informed by a contact within the club that the contact overheard part of a committee members conversation involving other committee members. The statement relayed to me is that, " They do not want Cripples and Retards" flying in their club/s.
"CRIPPLES AND RETARDS"!
Unfortunately the contact did not overhear as to whether that was a local club rule or is it was the person relaying the national association's unwritten rule! RIght now I am somewhat infuriated at the blatant and institutional levels of the discrimination. Even if it is a local club ruling it must reflect in the approval of the rules by the national association/s. What a pack of B'strds!!!
My battle has now been expanded to a national crusade for the rights and rules provided by the federal regulations and raise the matter directly with the local, State, and federal governments. Disabled Veterans received their injury laying down their safety and life for the Australian people and then later to be excluded as either a cripple or retard is DISGUSTING in the extreme!

I will update this thread where there is any change or progress in the battle for equality for all!

Have fun!
 

Vimana89

Well-known member
#2
That club really seems to have a toxic environment and the outspoken idiots seem to be the ones with the most pull. The petty authoritarianism is one thing, the prejudice against people with disabilities is another layer of trashiness. I can only imagine at how infuriating the situation must be.

I had to totally shut down some random know-it-all on YouTube who seemed cool and helpful up to the point he wanted to fly into verbal insults for something as trivial as me having a different(and arguably more efficient) way of doing Z bends. The discussion had been friendly and civil up until that point, and I was respectful to all involved, and he came out of nowhere on some ego trip and called me an idiot. I hammered him verbally and mocked him for being a toxic bully, destroyed his argument and accusations, and he hasn't been back since.

The difference is, my situation was relatively anonymous, and this guy didn't have any sort of pull or authority. He was just some know-it-all troll. You are dealing with the dynamics of a club structure, where the idiots are in positions of authority. That complicates things, and makes it an uphill battle.

It may seem hopeless sometimes, but if people like that aren't challenged, nothing will change. Best of luck in trying to form a new club and to spread awareness and to promote good principles in the hobby, I know it must be frustrating sometimes, but I know the community on this forum is a good place that's positive and inclusive. Too bad not everyone in the RC world really shares those principles.
 

Hai-Lee

Old and Bold RC PILOT
#3
That club really seems to have a toxic environment and the outspoken idiots seem to be the ones with the most pull. The petty authoritarianism is one thing, the prejudice against people with disabilities is another layer of trashiness. I can only imagine at how infuriating the situation must be.

I had to totally shut down some random know-it-all on YouTube who seemed cool and helpful up to the point he wanted to fly into verbal insults for something as trivial as me having a different(and arguably more efficient) way of doing Z bends. The discussion had been friendly and civil up until that point, and I was respectful to all involved, and he came out of nowhere on some ego trip and called me an idiot. I hammered him verbally and mocked him for being a toxic bully, destroyed his argument and accusations, and he hasn't been back since.

The difference is, my situation was relatively anonymous, and this guy didn't have any sort of pull or authority. He was just some know-it-all troll. You are dealing with the dynamics of a club structure, where the idiots are in positions of authority. That complicates things, and makes it an uphill battle.

It may seem hopeless sometimes, but if people like that aren't challenged, nothing will change. Best of luck in trying to form a new club and to spread awareness and to promote good principles in the hobby, I know it must be frustrating sometimes, but I know the community on this forum is a good place that's positive and inclusive. Too bad not everyone in the RC world really shares those principles.
Wisdom is found in the least expected places!

Sadly a while ago I took on a similar person on this forum and things got heated after an insult or two was levelled at me. Anyway I lost being a Mentor and the person concerned later lost his account because he was calling the FT crew effectively idiots who do not even know their own designs.

I just seem to have the ability to find the fools, bullies and bigots wherever I go!

Do not worry though there is a long way to go in this current battle.
 

PsyBorg

Wake up! Time to fly!
#4
@Hai-Lee Sounds like you are in the same boat I was with Tazman a while back. I dont tolerate bullies either. Did enough of that in grade school. I would seriously walk away from this environment and tell them flat out to back off and stay out of your business or face a discrimination and harassment and defamation lawsuit. Since you have already been in contact with a lawyer maybe have him fire off a cease and desist order to snap them back into reality.

That level of ignorance specially when it comes to Veterans and people with disabilities of any sort does not have a place anywhere as far as I am concerned. To me this is a case of internet tough guy spilling out into the real world and thriving because no one has walked up and punched them in the face for being such a (insert choice of colorful description here) in our now sissified PC world that allows this behavior to run rampant.
 

Hai-Lee

Old and Bold RC PILOT
#5
Just a progress report in my battle for safe operation being allowed at the local RC club.

The fog has been lifted!
I thought I was battling for my personal safety and fair treatment within the club. Silly me!
What I was fighting was not safety, blind stupidity, ignorance, fools, or bigots! Well I was fighting for safety but the opposition was not!
The real battle was about control. I was not allowing others to control me as they desired and so the rules were written and rewritten over and over until I refused to comply wherein the reason was presented to have me expelled. This was despite of millions of proof documents as well as the demonstration which I undertook and passed easily.
The truth is that I was and am battling a NARCISSIST and his crew of FLYING MONKEYS! As I am trained in electronics and communications with decades of experience in digital radio applications my knowledge and expertise was/is a threat to the position of supremacy assumed by the narcissist. The narcissist must always be supreme and in control of others and so I had to go! At least it took 4 years to accomplish and I can easily afford the court processes to have the Narcissist, and possibly his flying monkeys, declared as a person who is unfit to hold any position of authority or power within a not for profit organisation EVER AGAIN.

Hurry up court processes!

I have been busy and I look forward to going flying SAFELY again!

Have fun!
 

Bricks

Well-known member
#7
I thank god for our club as long as you use common sense and do not endager anyone your good to go. We have no power struggles or even arguments everyone is more then willing to help everyone even people that just show up to the field and are not members.
 

Hai-Lee

Old and Bold RC PILOT
#8
I thank god for our club as long as you use common sense and do not endager anyone your good to go. We have no power struggles or even arguments everyone is more then willing to help everyone even people that just show up to the field and are not members.
I almost envy you!
The local club used to be the same and incorporated with the idea that no unnecessary rules should apply BUT when some people are given the opportunity they grab un-elected positions of power and then their true nature arises.

The club is fractious and consists of a number of unconnected groups that pay homage to the narcissist but call him "Hitler" behind his back. My real crime was knowing more and becoming more popular than the narcissist!

There is no flying for me until the court orders it, simply because it is the only field within a hour of my residence.

Have fun!