, Rainier

, Oregon

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-14 20:58:53
“I am an army veteran. The usual social benefits that come with any hobby apply to me with this one. By now, those benefits will be explained to exhaustion. I think speaking about the freedom of America would be more important. The sky isn’t owned by private people or by everyday sorts of organizations. I think that this is in keeping with the spirit of freedom. Though the sky is starting to be used by more and more people, some regulation will start becoming necessary. Both to maintain safety and to maximize utility of airspace. To protect this public space and the innovative space that is exploding into popular imagination, I think any regulations should be analogous to America’s road systems. The road system provides a space for commercial and high speed transportation in the form of freeways and highways. It also has space for unlicensed users that have a safe separation between themselves and catastrophic disaster with the larger users of the road. Sidewalks. Sidewalks provide restrictions by space and time. Curbs control by space and crosswalks control by time. Maintaining the 400 ft max altitude for model aircraft is analogous to the sidewalk. Applications such as AirMap, should be analogous with the crosswalk button. Starting the coordination for long range and commercial UAV pilots between manned aircraft and traffic control towers. Using this analogy, I think a balance can be struck to regulate places that would legitimately deplete our resource of airspace. Regulation can be focused on industry that stands to gain or control portions of airspace and a “Pedestrian” area can be largely left unregulated where hobbyists can innovate under burdensome or prohibitive restrictions. UAV’s can be built out of such a large variety of things that they can’t be realistically controlled. Restricting most pilots out of FAA influence can only increase the possibilities for dangerous situations.”