Paul

Same

, Israel

Posted on
2020-02-26 14:04:20
“I use DJI drone, which I take to my travels to other countries and nature places. For me limiting flying to specifically designated areas is a kill for my hobby. I film beautiful views, not doing flight sport or FPV competitions. When abroad I don’t always purchase data plan, because at hotel I have WiFi and it is sufficient for my needs. Moreover at certain places I visit a cellular signal is usually very weak. So requirement for always-online-remote-ID is very problematic. Another issue – getting permit. Once I was stopped by police and they asked if I have permit to fly *in Italia*. So I went to the internet and spent multiple hours trying to find where I can obtain permit for flying – fruitless. Lots of vague PDFs, but no real online form or any contact information. This is perfect example when there are regulations, but are not backed by proper infrastructure. Also lets assume I arrived US for a week and want travel and film some nature with my drone. Do you really think I should waste few days trying fetch permit? Every day comes on account of my vacation days and hotel/car rent. It means every day of delay costs me hundred dollars. You may say “ask in advance”, but then what’s the point of such permit? It doesn’t ensure anything, I just pay for it and then can do whatever I want or film whatever I want. Last issue that in some cases the drone operator may not be even aware that he needs permit. Till the recent event of encountering police (which I mentioned previously) I was sure that whatever is not marked as “no flight zone” on controller maps is OK to fly. I think that regulations must focus more on precise geo-fencing, so that on controller maps I could easily see whether I can fly some area or not. Any other regulation won’t improve safety here. Obviously geo-fencing may be an issue with home-made FPV drones, but they won’t have Remote ID either if they don’t want and in practice very little can be done to prevent wrongdoing. Proposed regulations will heavily impact just drone operators that are *already willing to ensure safety*. I don’t think that flying drones must be limited to specifically designated areas. It’s same like saying that riding bike or filming with camera or traveling should be limited to specifically designated zones. This makes no sense. Still obvious that bikes should not ride across highways, cameras should not film private life of people through windows, travels should not happen on restricted military areas. So instead regulation should designate areas *not allowed* for flight. So on map should be “free zones” (which is almost entire Earth map) where flying doesn’t require anything. Then “medium risk zone” where extra cautions should be taken, e.g. speed, height limit. Btw height limit is how low you can fly. This might address privacy and safety concern around public places, because even 4K drone camera doesn’t provide much details from e.g. 200 meters or above. Then “high risk zones” where flying requires having “flight license”. Such license should be obtained once and ideally be international. More details below. Then “special permission zone” where flight is allowed only during specific hours or requires special permission. This might be stadiums, open-air concert areas, temples, zoo parks. In general, places that require buying ticket to visit or sensitive/protected for other reasons. And last “restricted zones” where flight is prohibited at all. It may be jails, military objects, airports, train stations, electricity power stations etc. As for mentioned “flight license”, similar to car driving license. Yet there should not be ridiculous rules like “take at least 30 lessons from certified instructor” or “first 12 months can fly only in designated areas” – that’s overkill, even FPV drone doesn’t present as high life danger as car. It should be something practical, like take off, landing, navigation, keeping distance from people/buildings/objects etc. Also license might be different for FPV sport drones and for commercial “automatic drone” (e.g. DJI Mavic), because operating the former is much more difficult that the later.”
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