, Flagstaff

, Arizona

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-24 12:37:29
“I fly a few packs every day that weather permits at our local city park 3 minutes from my house. There is almost always an empty field where I can sport fly safely. This is my required therapy every day, needed to clear out my mental cache after a long day of IT work. I would go crazy without it. I live in a very small town, with open National Forest areas just out of city limits. I will continue to take my chances with the limited potential enforcement at my park, and go farther out if harassed. Ironic how regulators want “less government” to justify tragically gutting social safety nets and environmental standards, while they will aggressively restrict an educational hobby that gives so much to so many. Thank god it’s an election year – let’s pressure those bastards!!! Here is the short public response that I Sent to the FAA: p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; min-height: 14.0px} Dear FAA regulators, I recently learned from a fellow RC enthusiast of the intent of the new proposed regulations to unreasonably restrict the recreational use of remote control planes, helicopters, and quadcopters, etc. This is a gross overreach of governmental intervention that unfairly restricts myself and countless other citizens from rightfully engaging in a hobby that we have invested heavily both in equipment and experience. I have been in the quadcopter hobby since 2015. I fly every day weather permitting and the sport has been an important way to bond with and educate my son and grandson as a truly shared family hobby. We spend time outdoors frequently and flying drones are a family tradition. It is unreasonable to restrict my use of an RC toy to a greater extent that my procurement and use of lethal firearms. You argue that these regulations are designed to protect public safety. But it is obvious that you are stealing the airspace and excluding millions of hobbyists in order to reserve that airspace for commercial interests? Come on guys, thanks to all the greasy palms, Amazon doesn’t even pay federal income taxes. I am a concerned and now angry citizen losing yet more faith in out governmental institutions to regulate fairly and represent the will of the people. I will now spend the time to follow the regulation trail to discover which representatives have shaped and promoted these new rules so I can be sure to fight and vote against them wherever possible. JOHN Q”