, Yakima

, Washington

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-20 0:47:47
“I have been a licensed 107 UAV pilot for 3 years and have followed the regulations closely. I do commercial work with some advanced systems and also build and fly as a hobby. My passion for this type of aviation started about 6 years ago with a toy drone that would not be able to be used under the new regulations. It took a lot of time and the ability to use the “toy plane” when needed to hone my skills as a pilot and create the passion for flight I now have deeply rooted in me. It took practice to acquire skills that I could not get if I was restricted to a specific flying field with regulated times of operation as is the case with the local club field in my area. While we do get along and work with the members of the model plane group that runs the field… our uses are not quite compatible and often events can’t be held at the same field at the same time. We fly our FPV units on private property or at some of the local schools for microwhoops and we are very careful. Since I have been flying I am not aware of anyone I personally know being injured by a drone falling from the sky. I can’t even think of a news report or even a realistic social media post about someone being mamed or disfigured by a drone of any sort or any reports of near misses with aircraft in my Local area or even in the region or state. I now own several UAVs and also build my own aircraft and have several thousand dollars invested in hobby and in commercial UAV gear that could be rendered useless under these new regulations. I am in favor of safety and training but to limit people who need and desire to fly more should not be the goal. Inclusiveness and building a stronger and larger aviation community to include and integrate UAV’s and pilots, both commercial and hobbyist should be the goal of the regulation. The hobbyist side of the industry is where the innovation lies. I am very involved in a local CTE program for high school kids that is bursting with innovation and imagination that would be squashed by some of the proposed remote ID requirements. Don’t let special interest groups and unfounded fear of accidents and incidents that are not occurring within the current scope of regulations and operations in the public airspace. which specifically means for use by everyone.”