, California

, United States

Posted on
2020-02-23 14:25:20
“Ever since I was a kid, I dreamt of flying. And when my father and I built our first gas-powered RC airplane years ago, it became one of my fondest memories. Since then, my fascination with flight and my ability to indulge that fascination has become more and more accessible with the advancement of hobby-grade flight technologies. This amazing hobby paves the way for individuals of all ages to discover a new fascination, learn new, valuable skills and even build a foundation for future career paths. The engineering, electrical & computer knowledge and basic physics awareness which hobby aviation forces enthusiasts to learn is one of the best educations anyone could receive, and applicable across a wide array of STEM professions. Creating new and powerful barriers to entry in this spectacular hobby is not only a poor decision, but it will inevitably stifle the natural human curiosity to learn, explore, adventure, innovate and grow. Corporate interests should not be the only entities with such broad access to the hobby of aviation and flight. The current FAA regulations do just fine for the hobby-grade aviation and flight world. Adding more regulations will not only discourage flight, but it will create more of a headache for the FAA to enforce. Think of the man-power and expenditure required to make sure these detailed and complex new rules are being adhered to. Anyone who currently breaks rules to fly their hobby aircraft are not going to suddenly start following new rules. Yet, more and more law-abiding hobbyists will be forced out of it from complicated regulations, requirements and cash expenditure alone. Do us both a favor and see to it that these new rules do not get amended to current FAA rules. Save yourselves some time, frustration, money and most importantly, your reputation, while giving a nod to the aviation hobby community. And as they say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.””