The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently stated that it intends to stop people using drones without its authority, including those who fly them as part of a business and those who participate in FPV (first person view) flight. Technology has advanced so quickly to the point that the FAA feels that the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) is no longer sufficient to enforce the safety of FPV flight. However their stated reason is safety.
“Such devices would limit the operator’s field of view thereby reducing his or her ability to see-and-avoid other aircraft in the area”
Proposed rules by the FAA don’t address the real problem, which is safety. Someone not using FPV but flying an out of the box multi rotor over a crowd of people or into a building in a major city are the real problem.
These new proposed rules are based in the USA at the moment so why should it matter to anyone outside the United States ?
-Other countries will follow
-Other classes of model flying will follow
What can you do about it? Well here are some suggestions from the Flitetest website
Join the AMA
* They are going to be instrumental in dealing with the FAA on this matter. They are worth your support for that reason alone. Click here to get 50% off a membership.
* Submit a thoughtful, respectful, well researched and well reasoned comment to the FAA through regulations.gov and the FAA Facebook page.
* Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to Regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically.
* Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations,M-30; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001
* Hand Delivery or Courier: Takecomments to Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC
*Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202-493-2251.
* Sign a popular petition. Links to the sites you should submit to:
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