, Ephrata

, Pennsylvania

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-19 2:26:06
“I’ve been in this wonderful hobby since the beginning of High School (2014). It kept me out of trouble, taught me skills in electrical work, fabrication, CAD, 3D printing. I build all of the models I fly, and I take pride in what I create. I push myself to design better, more efficient, more durable airframes. Now I’ve moved onto college (as an Aerospace Engineer, thanks to this hobby) and I’m applying my current education in aerodynamics to my passion. These new regulations concern me for the future of the hobby, especially those in a similar situation to me. I won’t be able to fly any models I build without having to jump through hurdles, and add extra equipment, to make it compliant. I’m concerned that these regulations will discourage younger generations from getting their foot into aviation, because to put it simply, they won’t be allowed to fly. Anyone who is passionate about aviation starts on a small scale as a kid, tweaking airframes or designing their own. That passion turns into a career as they get older, and that career is what brings tomorrow’s advancements in aviation technology. With the given safety record upheld by this community, I urge you to re-consider the proposed regulations, if not for the concerned hobbyists now, for the future pilots and engineers of this nation. The best solution I see currently would be to display the location of full size aircraft to hobbyists on the ground. Since it is already the responsibility of the hobbyist to yield to full scale aircraft, showing hobbyists where those aircraft are located will help them continue to fly safely. Another idea I’ve heard circulating would be to limit model aircraft to a 300’ ceiling, restricting altitude by 100’, but also limiting full scale aircraft to a 500 or 600’ floor outside of the 5 mile no-fly zones already enforced around airports, this excludes emergencies. Hobbyists have no reason to be above 300’, and full scale pilots have no reason to be below 500’ unless landing. This compromise would give a minimum of a 200’ cushion between the two modes of traffic, similar to a median on a highway, which keeps both out of each-other’s airspace and ultimately making it safer.”