, Maine

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-22 9:39:11
“I have been enjoying the RC aviation hobby since I was 6 years old. I don’t want it to stop here. Such a beneficial hobby shouldn’t be ruined by a silly law. People build great friendships through this hobby. It is great that the FAA is trying to make RC model aviation more safe, but I think they have gone a little to far. Approving this proposed law would make a lot of hobbyists drop the hobby, this would eventually lead to most hobby shops closing and even online store would close do to not enough business. This would be terrible! So here are a few things to consider. 1. There are a lot of young people that enter full scale aviation through RC model aviation. So when most people drop the hobby or don’t even get into it because of the new law, a lot less people would not get into full scale aviation. This would really hurt full scale aviation! 2. Having fixed flying sites is a good idea. But what about people who don’t live near one? I fly at my local park and if this new law gets approved I would probably have to drop the hobby because I would have nowhere to fly. Most other people would be in the same situation as I would be. Back in the 70s and 80s, there would be RC flying fields right next to full scale airports the full scale pilots didn’t even know they were there for years. Staying outside of a 5 mile radius around a airport is good, but only being aloud to fly at a fixed flying field unless you have a remote identification unit on the aircraft is not. 3. Cost. The cost of a “ADS-B” unit would be pretty expensive. More people would shy away from the hobby because there would be yet another thing to buy. Lastly, I just want to say that I am not against the FAA. They have done a lot of great thing that make RC aviation and full scale aviation a lot more safe. But like I said above, they have taken it a little too far this time. I’m not against the FAA but I am against the proposed law. Please don’t restrict such a beneficial and great hobby! Jeremy”