, Litchfield

, Ohio

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-19 10:17:40
“I am a certified private pilot and commercial remote pilot but like many, had my start in radio control planes. Designing and building homemade model planes and multicopters has been a dear hobby for at least the past 20 years. ( I took a break after high school for military and college.) Friends and I regularly get together to fly for fun over a neighboring farm at my country home and to race multicopters at a municipal golf driving range (with park approval). Word of my aviation history reached school and I now also mentor the junior high and high school Science Olympiad teams. I worry that this onerous regulation will kill the opportunities to empower the next generation of aviators. The teaching cycle of design, test fly, re-design, fly again…. would end under a remote ID plan and any regulation that requires each model to be registered to fly. One can talk about aviation all day but seeing something fly, right then and there, is a huge inspiration. People see us flying or racing and it brings them in to talk and learn. Compared to the overall number of hobbyists, there are a relatively small amount of persons that fly at CBO sites. Many hobbyists fly where they can, be it their back yard, a park or a local farmers field. There were three CBO sites within 30 minutes of my house when we moved in 15 years ago but they were all closed to new members when I contacted them. Now there is only one left and the members were not totally accepting of homemade airplanes the last time I attended an event. Requiring remote ID for fully autonomous, GPS directed flights and/or flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) makes a certain amount of sense as the operator may not have the best “see and avoid” separation to manned operations. Also the technology required for such flights makes monitoring them less onerous on an individual or small business. Traditional radio control model operations by their very nature exemplify “see and avoid” as the operator is focused on the airspace around aircraft. Closed course first person view (FPV) racing should also be exempted as the flights are low, generally no more than 50′ AGL and the craft are inherently unstable, requiring constant manual flying. As a private pilot I care deeply about safety in the NAS but feel the 75+ years of safe radio control model operations should not be ignored.”