, Texas

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-23 10:46:20
“I started getting into flying FPV multi-rotors in 2015, and it’s been a fantastic way to get me out of the house and socializing with people outside of work or family. I’ve learned a lot, and have developed skills like CAD and 3D printing. I also have a much better understanding of electronics and their design. Anyone who has flown with me knows I’m big on safety. I understand what these new Remote ID laws attempt to accomplish, and support many of its goals. Commercial drones, especially those carrying payloads need to be able to operate safely in the future. With that said, the proposed changes are excessive and would greatly limit amateur builders like me who just want to do things like test their latest 3D printed design. My understanding is that we’d be limited to kits with Remote ID that have been certified and produced by manufacturers. Amateur hobbyists simply can’t stay compliant, and going to FRIA sites isn’t an option for many of us. There’s also a cost associated with many of those, and they honestly don’t provide the kind of environment that FPV pilots want to fly in. For freestyle pilots, the scenery is very lackluster with no trees or natural obstacles, and for racers it’s not likely your local FRIA will let you just come and set up gates whenever you want to practice or hold an event. Even people with enough land of their own to safely fly on or hold events would no longer be able to do so. For your average amateur hobbyists building their own drones, a combination of a standalone app to report your flight location, along with a local transponder with a range of around 1/2 mile to notify nearby aircraft of its location would be more than sufficient to supply other aircraft with enough information to avoid any potential safety issues. This would be more cost effective for pilots, and offer the flexibility to fly in places where it’s safe to do so. In regards to cybersecurity, which is referenced many times in the NPRM, we need to approach this from a different direction. As someone who works in cybersecurity and deals with hackers every day, I know that the people who truly want to cause problems will find a way around the intended system. We need to be developing anti-drone technology to deal with threats that are not compliant with remote ID, rather than hoping the bad guys will be foiled by requirements that only exist on paper. Training local law enforcement to operate drones with entanglement devices, and coming up with systems to track commonly used frequencies to their source seems like a better approach, if we truly want to stop these types of threats.”