casey

alford

, sacramento

, California

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-26 17:39:29
“I found drones and the FPV hobby towards the end of 2017. The idea of flying a drone and flying FPV was mesmerizing. Amateur building and flying came with a steep learning curve, and to this day, I’ve spent a lot of time, energy and money towards my endeavors as a drone hobbyist. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) jeopardizes all I’ve learned and prohibits my ability to impart this knowledge on to my children. Thanks to YouTube and online communities on Facebook and Discord, I was able understand what each component does and how it helps enable flight. At first I started out performing repairs on ready to fly (RTF) drone craft. Over the last two years, I’ve built (and flown) at least five [amateur built] multi-rotor quad copters from scratch. I purchased parts from vendors who specialized in drone parts, assembled the components, programed the flight controller and performed flight tests. My goal was to have fun, but to also be safe. I now have a basic knowledge of electronics and aeronautics I never thought I would have. After getting into the FPV drone hobby, my children took notice. I have three kids under eight years old; two boys and a girl. My sons, ages 7 and 5, both have taken interest in flying and building. I’m in the process of teaching my oldest how to solder. All three kids understand the safety that goes with such technology and respect drones and model [amateur built] aircraft. In terms of the future, I see drones being more and more a part of mine. I work in Marketing. With that, comes video production. It’s my goal this year to get Part 107 certified so that I can use my piloting skills as part of my career. My hope is to also be able to freelance my skills as a camera operator for professional video shoots. If Remote ID gets implemented as proposed, it will greatly hamper these endeavors. Out of fleet of drones I have access to, none will be compliant given existing technology. Moreover, I wouldn’t be able to retrofit existing drones to be compliant under the proposed rules. Consequently, completely new drones will need to be purchased imposing an unnecessary financial burden. I would like the FAA to acknowledge the short comings in their NPRM. There are many hobbyists like myself that see Remote ID as an end to a hobby that we love. In my experience, I never fly above the tree line or nearest buildings. If the NPRM included concessions for flying below the height of certain structures, Shielded Operations (as it’s known in New Zealand), then that would be a step in the right direction. Other areas that require examination: 250g weight limit the ability to add FAA approved components to previously built multi-rotor quadcopters and make the Remote ID compliant (if need be) upgrading or enforcing the rules presented with Low Altitude and Notification Capability (LAANC)”
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