, Vermont

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-19 18:48:36
“I am a former full-scale pilot, and quite honestly, got ‘into’ aviation via flying models as a kid. And OK, when I was a kid, it was control line, as RC technology did not yet exist! Without that natural avenue to aviation, I never would have flown full-scale aircraft. Period. These days, whether one pursues a career in aviation or not, the valuable lessons and scientific know-how learned from model aviation fit right in to a STEM-type program. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are all requirements for understanding the physics of flight, and the same STEM basics are applicable to so many technical careers, be they in aviation, engineering, etc. The Remote ID NPRM, as written, would be devastating to the model aircraft hobby, by literally regulating it out of existence. “Model aircraft” cannot in good conscience be lumped in with today’s multi-rotor “drones.” The drones require minimal knowledge and skill to fly, and if any aspect of UAS is screaming for regulation,that’s it. Drones have been responsible for near misses with full-scale aircraft in controlled airspace, which is shameful to those operators. Model aviation, on the other hand, and we’re talking about model planes and helicopters, require technical knowledge and skill in order to fly them successfully. Model aircraft have been around as long as full-scale aviation, itself, and have a proven safety record. Not so much with today’s instant-gratification “drones.” The NPRM needs to be overhauled to concentrate regulation where it is truly needed: with UAS drones, NOT with true model aircraft.”