, Grand Rapids

, Michigan

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-13 23:46:01
“I am a former teacher that has been flying for over 20 years. In the past I have taught extra curricular classes on flight where we build gliders and/or planes. This would no longer be possible. I also enjoy flying in remote locations like in the Nordhouse Dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan (these are thousands of acres of federal land with no people for miles). There are great thermals and you can even do a little slope soaring. I’ve recently gotten into FPV and DLG (If your DLG is over 250g then that sport will also suffer). I just purchased my first small multi rotor drone to learn on with FPV. I’m also in the process of building a 62″ fiberglass covered foam Grumman Goose (which would be my largest plane) but have paused the building of it because of these FAA proposed rules. Several of my planes are water planes and they will no longer be legal to fly because there are no clubs in my area that have water access. It’s very discouraging and sad. I actually enjoy building planes more than I do flying them (balsa, foam board, and solid foam covered) but there is no point building them if you can’t fly them. For the past three years I have been working as a licensed practicing counselor seeing clients and mentoring high school students. I have even gotten together with my mentees to build some flite test gliders. While I think the gliders still might be legal if these rules go into effect I’m not sure I would continue in the hobby.”