, Washington

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-18 17:28:16
“I have been fascinated with airplanes and flying since I was about 9 years old. ( I am now 76). I built my first control line airplane out of balsa and thread to the handle with an .049 engine. Then my interest became radio control of fixed wing airplanes and mostly gliders. I first saved up my money for a Galloping Ghost one channel radio with rudder only control built a small high wing airplane. Time out for college and university education. Then I started flying thermal duration competitions in early 1970’s. Now with the advance in electronics I fly ALES and am getting set up to fly F5J. I have one grandson that is interested in flying and would like to be able to continue passing down the thrill of finding a thermal and climbing out on the air currents. I feel like we should be able to fly line of sight in uncontrolled airspace without restrictions. That is going to limit your height and distance and seeing and avoiding real aircraft is easy. Over these 50 years it has never been a problem. Also scratch building was all I did for years and making my own designs work was gratifying and educational. FAA required parts is unreasonable. These are models, not man carrying aircraft, and flown within line of sight. I am a private pilot and have owned two Cessna 172 airplanes, that’s where the FAA approved parts come into play, not models. I feel that I am loosing a freedom that I had, and will not be able to use my gliders that I have thousands of dollars invested. Please don’t destroy my hobby with overbearing regulations.”