Josh

Wahrer

, Las Vegas

, Nevada

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-19 11:56:32
“I started flying 20 years ago as a way to spend time with my father, since then and growing up the hobby has become an outlet for me to relieve stress. To put it into perspective I have enough stress through work and events that have happened in my personal life that I probably would have turned to drugs and alcohol if it wasn’t for the hobby. I started with planes, tried helicopters, and now primarily fly multi-rotors both long-range fpv and racing. When I’m racing we are usually no more than 30 feet off the ground with most the time being within 10 feet of the ground. When I’m flying long-range, I do it safely away from populated areas, typically out in the desert or up the side of a mountain all places I want to explore but wouldn’t typically get to. This hobby has led me to other hobbies as well, video editing, 3d printing, arduino programming and coding, all things that I wouldn’t have gotten into if it wasn’t for this hobby. If the ability to build our own aircraft would go away that would kill the hobby for me as I enjoy the experimentation and tinkering that comes with building your own aircraft. Safety is a big thing for me and the people I fly with, even flying long-range we may have 5 or 6 people that go fly together, but only one of us is in the air at a time and the rest of us are all spotters whether line of sight or thru the goggles because we take safety of people and our surroundings very seriously. I worry if the regulation goes thru as written about the unsafe situations that pilots will be put into by the general public being able to locate where they are operating from, this is both a worry for myself and the pilots that fly for the tv station I work for. I’m also concerned that I won’t be able to enjoy this hobby with my son as he gets older as he has already shown interest when I am working on my quads.”
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