Jon

Olsen

, Minneapolis

, Minnesota

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-22 10:12:19
“I am a recreational hobbiest that flies amature-built model aircraft ranging in the 0.3-0.75 lbs weight range, and fly within 300ft and line-of-sight only. Typically these models are built using household materials like foam board and hot glue. My passion for aviation comes from multiple generations of aerospace engineers. What started as flying model rockets with my father and brothers as kids, led to me flying model aircraft and pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering as an adult. A past time I would like to share with my children in the future to inspire them to pursue degrees and knowledge in science and engineering. After only recently moving to the Twin Cities, I quickly found there are very few places to fly due to the close proximity of hospitals, power plants, prisons, schools and airports. There are only a handful of parks that fall outside these areas, and even fewer local flying clubs within a 100 mile radius. For an occasional pilot like myself, and due to the weather in Minneapolis, club dues and AMA fees are financially burdensome. I fear that the proposed rules for Remote Identification will drastically reduce the already limited flying fields available to me. The proposed clause for limiting the application and establishment of fixed flying sites or “FAA-recognized identification areas” to “community based organizations recognized by the Administrator” will make it near impossible to get these few local parks and fields approved. Furthermore, this does not apply to the neighbors backyard or private land where there is little to no danger of collisions with other aircraft. I also do not think that each and every “Amateur-built” aircraft should require a serial number and registration with the FAA. With these DIY models, it’s very common to have 4-5 at any given time, and the turnover is very quick. This also would be an impossible task for STEM programs who would need to register possibly hundreds of models at a time, and ultimately limit or cut model aircraft and aviation from the curriculum. While I do think this problem needs to be addressed, I think there should be more alternatives for compliance with Remote ID. For smaller aircraft just above the 0.55 pound limit, it makes sense to use less expensive and light weight Bluetooth or WiFi modules that would broadcast out an identification number and keep my personal information and identity private. It would also make sense to have an App-based solution so there is limited or no cost to the pilot and no additional weight added to the aircraft.”
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