Kent

Ball

, Tunnel Hill

, Georgia

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-20 21:15:52
“I got into RC cars at 14. Started racing them at 16, but flight was off limits. The learning curve and the price were too high. That changed with the invention of FPV technology and multirotor aircraft. FPV is immersive in more ways than one. Not only is it immersive as an analog or digital out of body experience, but it is immersive as a community. I have made friends with people who have viewpoints that are staggeringly different from my own. People that I never thought I would know or love, all with one thing in common. I can’t imagine life without this technology or these people. Well I could imagine it, but it is not pleasant so… When I was a child my father took me to airshows when they occurred at the local airport. Occasionally there would be an airshow for model aircraft. (Also at the airport) Some of my fondest memories looking at the different types of aircraft that would fly in. My dad was able to by a used Cessna 172 and then later traded for a Cessna 210. If ever I caught him staring longingly into the sky I knew that he was getting ready to go fly. I know that my dad would enjoy the hobby. I think about him a lot when I am flying with my friends. I wish I could share it with him, but he passed away from complications of a stroke. On regulations, I know that it is coming. The technology is changing too fast and too much to ignore it, but there is no evidence that there is a need to be this restrictive. I think most of the community wants to be in compliance with the law, but this law basically says to box up your gear and get a gaming console. I would be fine with UAS that are capable of (Beyond Visual Line Of Sight) being required to carry a transponder for RFID. Certainly if companies like Amazon or UPS want to make drone deliveries unmanned then those machines should be tracked, but my aircraft gets two and a half minutes of flight time on a battery. How far do you think I am gonna go? I don’t believe the FAA when they say that it is about safety. It might be about fear of what might happen when new tech meet nefarious hands, but to accuse the RC and drone community of having a track record of being dangerous? Show me. I don’t believe you. More people fall into man holes than are injured by UAS. Not to mention those that are struck by lightning. One more thing I would like to touch on. This is not my personal experience, but many people have told me that it is their experience that the FPV hobby literally saved their lives. IT provides such an escape, such a change of perspective that it allows even the suicidal to reevaluate and look for tomorrow. Overzealous regulation will hurt people. Some of them seriously. Maybe fatally.”
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