, Redmond

, Washington

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-21 16:46:05
“I am a recreational pilot and competitive drone racer with MultiGP. I design and build my own FPV drones. I have built at least 25 of them already. This hobby has taught me about electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, avionics, micro controllers, radio, video, and flight dynamics. The act of flying has given me joy, relieved stress, and connected me with an awesome community of like minded people. I love this hobby! I spend most of my free time building, flying, and teaching other people to do the same. It would be a devastating loss if amateur builds were no longer legal. Such a regulation would harm me, it would harm many businesses that I care about, and it would end countless opportunities for STEM education. It would also stifle innovation and prevent future Americans from learning the skills necessary to design and build unmanned aircraft (a skill that will only become more important as time goes on). It is essential that any future regulation preserve the ability to fly amateur built aircraft anywhere that it is safe to do so. Remote identification should not be necessary when flying close to the ground (less than 400 ft) over private property, with the approval of the owner. When remote identification is necessary, it should be achieved via local radio broadcast. Having an internet connection could be an alternative form of compliance, but it should not be required. The hardware for implementing local radio broadcast should be small, inexpensive, and easy to add to any amateur built UAS. It should not prevent takeoff, it should not require geo-fencing, and it should not interfere with the operation of the craft in any way. It should server ONLY to identify the pilot. Furthermore, you should not need to register each UAS individually. Identification of the operator is sufficient. In fact, the operator should be able to transfer the remote ID hardware from one UAS to another. I understand the need for accountability and remote identification, but we need an implementation that is much simpler, cheaper, and easier to comply with. Most importantly, we need to protect the amazing learning opportunities that come from amateur built aircraft for future generations. The FRIA provision is, and will always be inadequate for this purpose. Thank you.”