, Walla Walla

, Washington

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-19 10:21:07
“I, as with many others, have been flying model aircraft without incident for over 7 years. I fly fixed wings and multirotors both LOS and via FPV. I fly strictly for fun. These requirements would prevent me and my friends from enjoying our hobby. Four hundred feet is not a large enough zone to fly in especially for larger fixed wings which sometimes need ample space to get turned around and can still easily be flown at that distance. Additionally our smaller aircraft could not possibly meet these requirements, one fpv quadcopter I fly is 50g AUW and could not come close to carrying anything that could broadcast id. This model essentially becomes trash if I follow the proposed regulations. Which brings me to my second point, adherence to these regulations will be minimal because they are so burdensome. I understand this is to help catch bad actors but you are turning thousands (if not millions) of citizens who fly respectfully into the bad actors you are trying to prevent by creating regulations which are not founded in sensible limitations. You obviously have little idea what this hobby is comprised of when suggesting these rules. Weight, cost, and accessibility are all disregarded when considering the proposed rules. As pilots you wouldn’t increase the weight of your planes by 20%+ without serious justification. You also wouldn’t limit airfields to only the most major municipalities. Lastly you wouldn’t propose legislation that could increase the cost of participation to levels that would eliminate 99% of the participants. This WILL kill the hobby of model aviation. Which brings us to the last point. All these rules are clearly being defined with the thought of Amazon and other drones entering the airspace. You are selling our freedom to the highest bidders and telling us it’s for our own good. It is so blatant the old gas guys at the AMA field can see it and the new FPV quad racers see it too. You won’t gain any trust (and therefore compliance) by catering to moneyed interests while completely disregarding the hobby enthusiasts. This country was founded by those willing to break the rules and you will likely see the same here. Search Results Featured snippet from the web “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.” – Thomas Jefferson”