james

darden

, California

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-13 21:48:30
“This is just a portion of my letter to the FAA in response to the NPRM. I started participating in the R/C when I was about 12 or 13 years old back in the mid 1970s. Growing up, my father had always been interested in flight and introduced me to model building at a young age. This was my gateway to flying radio controlled aircraft. His passion for aviation led him to a career as an Air Force Rescue helicopter pilot serving one tour in Viet Nam in the late 1960s. Because of his experience as a pilot, transitioning to R/C was almost seamless since he already understood the basics of flight and could pass that knowledge onto me. That bonding experience is how many kids get interested in the hobby today. Regardless of the income level, there is a great deal of satisfaction that comes from building an R/C model, helicopter, or quadcopter from a kit, selected parts, or a design that was created out of your head. This sense of accomplishment and satisfaction will be done away with if the rules go into effect as they are currently written. This activity has led many people into the field of aviation whether it is at the design level, career pilots, or for those gifted few, the space program. The current rules for Remote Identification as they are written will put an unnecessary burden on those who get into this hobby while still operating within a specific financial budget. They would not able to purchase the inexpensive materials with which to build models from scratch. If they are forced to buy what would be an aircraft that is pre-equipped with Remote ID compliant components, this will likely cost more than they currently spend and will, in all likelihood abandon their activity in the R/C hobby altogether. ##### I list many other concerns in my comments.”
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