Martin

Warkotsch

, Germany

Posted on
2020-02-20 12:28:52
“It’s a great hobby. You learn so much about electronics, physics and the world around you. Especially flying FPV provides an experience like no other, soaring free like bird, exploring your surroundings from a different perspective and honing your skills as a pilot. I see that over the last few years a lot of people bought drones. But the vast majority are the aerial photography type. These tend to be the people that go to a store pick up a drone and take off right a way, without ever spending a second informing them self about regulations, rules and safety. Whenever you hear about a flyaway or crash, a drone spotted near an airfield or someone trying to spy on other people with a drone, it’s a Phantom, Mavic or one of the cheaper models available at every electronics store. On the other side there are hobby pilots that dedicate countless hours to learning new skills, building aircraft and improving with every flight. The hobby community can look back on multiple decades of a very safe, social and fun activity. Yet these are the people that are most negatively affected by overly strict rule-making. I do see the need for law enforcement to identify dangerous or law breaking pilots, but this should never lead to total surveillance and forcing for people to buy into unnecessary and unwanted subscriptions. Banning pilots to isolated flying areas and enforcing rules that make large parts of the hobby unfeasible, too expensiv or simply no more fun, will ultimately kill it and the growing industry attached to it. At the moment this kind of law making seems to be happening all around the world. But rarely is it an adequate reaction to realistic safety concerns, but rather a panicked overreaction.”
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