, Washington

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-25 20:39:11
“I’m a retired mechanical engineer who has taken up aerial photography. My flying camera drone has captured many beautiful locations over the last 3 years. I create UHD videos for my own enjoyment, enjoyment by my family and by YouTube viewers. I receive no monetary compensation for my hobby, therefore, I am a recreational flyer. I believe the NPRM is trying to lump all UAS fliers into one large category. The NPRM will make it possible for commercial drones weighing up to 55 lbs. (25 kg) to fly BVLOS for things like package delivery. In reality, almost all consumer drones weigh under 4.4 lbs. (2 kg). The danger imposed by our consumer drones to manned aircraft and people/structures on the ground is an order of magnitude less than the largest drones covered by these regulations. In fact, the expected dangers created by consumer drones as predicted by some, has not materialized. I think the burden of remote ID should be placed on the larger UAS that need to fly BVLOS and leave the smaller UAS alone. We already have the LAANC system to cover flights in controlled airspace. We already have a set of rules that keeps us out of manned airspace (400 ft. ceiling) and away from crowds of people.”