The more I read on laws and public perception of UAV's, the more I come to the realization that the general public sees no difference, funtionally, between a Reaper drone, a police quad, and a foam hobby FPV model. Everybody is upset that we're going to videotape them in their hottub with a GoPro-equipped Skywalker. This often happens when new hobbies emerge that bear any resemblance whatsoever with a military technology or application (refer to the hobby rocketry enthusiast in NZ who was "visited" by the US government because he was building a reactionary control system for a model rocket).
We need to get out in front of this. I know that some of the allure of this hobby is that it's not "mainstream," but what we're doing with our planes needs the kind of exposure enjoyed by the recent crop of extreme sports. If someone can flip on ESPN2 and see proximity FPV, or beautiful landscapes shot from a Bixler, or pylon-racing Ritewings, it could go a long way towards having people realize, "hey, those guys are doing this for FUN. They don't care about videotaping me brushing my teeth, or filming my petunia garden in the backyard."
I propose this: a national (or international) event. Several types of competition-obstacle courses for multicopters, slalom racing and speed events for planes, spotting challenges, etc etc. Get the media in on it. Have some (small) prize packages donated by retailers and manufacturers. Have the competitors pay an entry fee and the spectators watch for free. Donate the proceeds to charity. And, by all means, use the term FPV in the place of drone, UAV and other terms that may cast a shadow on our hobby.
Because if we don't get out NOW and cast our sport in a positive, RECREATIONAL light with the general public, they WILL make their own narrative, which we've already seen is not pretty, and can lead to some pretty hefty restrictions on our sport and misunderstandings by law enforcement (like TBS having their SD cards confiscated by the Park rangers).