Jonathan

Jelkin

, Santa Monica

, California

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-14 14:06:25
“I have been flying RC since I was 8 years old, I am now 35. My first model was a gas balsa trainer I built with the help of my dad. From that I went on to build rubber band powered free flight models, balsa RC gliders, and eventually foam RC electrics. While I did not become an engineer this early childhood experience cemented my fascination and love of flying. I eventually became a licensed paraglider pilot to experience flight first hand. In my college and shortly after years I put the RC hobby aside, but as technology progressed I was drawn back in. The 1s park flier foamies were a cheap reintroduction into the hobby in my late 20’s. Then when FPV started to become popular I had to jump back in with both feet. Building multiple racing rigs, and some larger cinema drones. Eventually I became a licensed 107 pilot, I also became a member of the Local 600 camera union as a drone pilot for Hollywood. I fly commercial off the shelf units from DJI for most of my paid 107 work. But I continue to build and fly racing drones and foam build electrics. Another technology that came about around the time of FPV was 3d printing. I ended up purchasing a 3d printer so that I could design and print parts for my drones. I now have 8 printers and run an online retail business selling products I have designed and printed. While I continue to follow my career path in film and television, my 3d printing business has become a large part of my income. This summary of my life shows how large an impact that first balsa gas model had. The RC hobby has been essential in shaping the person I am today. The idea that the FAA would restrict the hobby essentially to only allowing off the shelf units brings a tear to my eye. How many people would have their life significantly altered by not being able to experience this hobby and see how it inspires them? How many people like myself that have made a life where RC is a large part will have their current life severely impacted by these regulations? Safety is paramount. And technology should progress. But not at the expense of current and future generations.”
Share on email
Share on print
Share on facebook
Share on twitter