, United Kingdom

Posted on
2020-02-24 19:06:21
“I fly FPV quadcopters that I build by myself from raw parts. Thanks to FPV I could learn to put together a mechanical and electronical machine, for the first time in my life. I learned about electricity, radio and video telecomunication, battery technology, 3d printing and 3d modeling. I ventured into the world of programming microcontrollers learning how to make programs using gyroscopes, magnetometers and accelerometers. This hobby brought me back into the mathematical field of automatic control which I studied at university and which I never had the chance to practice. FPV made me a more capable and adventurous engineer. With FPV I enjoy the thrill of designing and trying vehicles or ideas that nobody tried before. I make friends all over the world. I feel that the world is full of nice and friendly people ready to help, when you need. Thanks to the feeling of freedom that FPV gives, when I fly, I relax and a smile always appears in my face after a depressive day in the office. Fpv gives me an excuse to spend time in parks, enjoy nature, breath some clean air and stay in the sun. Please consider all the benefts that this hobby brings to people. I mostly fly 60g AUW toothpicks or 30g tinywhoops that pose no threat to the health of anyone. I fly freestyle in my garden or in outdoor car parks or in natural parks. I keep the drone always less than 100m away from me and less than 20m of altitude, always more than 30m away from persons or animals or cars. Rarely I also fly my 600g AUW drones: but, because I do not want to cause damage or concern to anyone, I only fly these in the countryside, probably some kilometers away from traffic or houses. I fly 10 minutes a day in my garden or in my flat and 30 minutes a week in the near park. The new regulations will prevent me from flying drones that I build. Due to the weight of the transponder some of these drones will not be able to fly any more. I will not have the time and money to bring my diy small drones to the authority responsible for compliance testing. Also I will not have the time to go and fly in the areas designated for flying, which will be few and far and overcrowded and will also progresssively disappear. Flying will become so problematic under the new regulations that I and many others will abandon the hobby, loosing all its benefits. Undoubtedly precise rules for FPV flying should be put in place to reduce the risk of injury to humans or animals or damage to property. Communicating the pilot position to a dedicated authority via a web application is also acceptable, most of the times, but this may prevent flying in certain remote areas with no cellular network where flying is not a danger to anyone and could be allowed. Remember that very few incidents occured due to misuse of fpv drones. Certainly much less than firearms that are regulated less. I hope that you will revise the regulation allowing this hobby so useful to children and adults to exist.”