FAA Rules On Drones Vs. Model Aircraft Protested
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User Rank: Strategist
7/28/2014 | 10:55:08 AM
Not sure if these people know what they're doing...
The LOS part stinks.  Many model aircraft flyers go out by themselves. I wouldn't want the requirement to have someone to tag along if I had first person view equipment.  The advances in technology will far outstrip any laws these clowns want to write today.


I appears to me that the gov't is trying to figure out a way to get additional tax money from drones.  If people are flying them as a hobby, then it's a hobby.  If they use them in business, then they should be treated like trucks and cars currently used as business equipment.  The FAA should simply specify what space they can fly in - period.
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
User Rank: Author
7/28/2014 | 10:21:11 AM
Re: LoS part, okay. Commercial part, huh?
If you're thinking commercial use of small drones / model aircraft should be unregulated, you'd have to take that up with Congress. The only lattitude FAA would have is exactly where to draw the line. I thought the hobbyist group quoted in the story made a reasonable point about one sale of one photo not being enough to qualify as a business in the eyes of the IRS, so maybe the FAA should allow some latitude there.
User Rank: Strategist
7/28/2014 | 10:12:44 AM
Thank You Big Gubmint
Everything not mandatory is forbidden.
User Rank: Ninja
7/28/2014 | 10:12:27 AM
LoS part, okay. Commercial part, huh?
The line of sight part makes sense to me. Reduces the chance of collisions I would think.

The commercial/non commercial part makes no sense to me at all. Not sure what problem that part is trying to solve.
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