Do you really think you will still be flying these things in 12 months?

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  1. Catchup Lieutenant

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    I am thinking more and more that we are going the way of Canada. The way we went here in the 80's & 90's with ultralight aircraft. We got regulated out of existence back then in a matter of a very few years once the bureaucrats took over. You guys should take a look at this very entertaining but sober video. I have a dozen drones that I now can't fly out of my back yard because "they" extended their little green squares another few hundred meters from the nearest airport for safety's sake.
    If nothing else, this video is entertaining at the least.



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  2. Catchup Lieutenant

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    I like your name "Sully" lol You and he have alot in common!

    Yes as airports expand, so will NFZ's. But the good news is that with a phone call every so often, or a visit to a local airport, you might very well be able to get clearance to fly. Yes, its a pain in the butt, but its possible.

    Luckily I live in a grey area in between a few NFZ's. Back when I was into RC planes 40 years ago, the locals kept pushing us further and further outside civilization because they considered us a nuisance, even though we were there first!

    Bottom line is that money talks, and we poor pilots, end up walking.

    Rob Schwartz, Owner of Thunderdrones

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  3. Catchup Lieutenant

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    I took delivery of my Mavic Pro the week following Memorial Day ONE YEAR AGO! My enthusiasm for flying has grown because my flying skills have continued to improve. I have always lacked good hand-eye coordination and so I have never done well in sports, and never master computer games. And I am very envious of folks who fly racing drones, helicopters, RC planes, etc. I played with 10th scale RC cars and trucks for several years, but never truly mastered the skill, primarily because my brain has the processing skills equivalent to a Commodore 16 in a MacBook world! However, my love of the Mavic Pro is really the ability to take a camera into the air where decent photography doesn't demand the ability make "left-and-right" turn-decisions in fractions of nano-seconds LOL!

    Subsequently, I have rarely used most of the "intelligent" flight modes, preferring to learn to master the capabilities of those modes manually. So, the joy of flying my Mavic has really been deciding before a flight what "kind" of "environment" I want to fly (beach site, construction site, neighborhood fly-over, lots-of-airspace for just zipping around, low-level, etc.) and what flight-skill I want to exercise; and then having the post-flight reward of seeing the video-photographic evidence of how well I did or didn't do. The icing on the cake is the rare occasion of an exceptionally good picture or video.

    So, yes, I'd say that God willing, I'll be flying my Mavic still, one year from now!
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  4. Catchup Lieutenant

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    According to the video, we won’t be flying our drones because the government will put requirements on us to be knowledgeable, with a real time awareness, about the airspace we fly in and require us to take a test to prove the above. I actually agree that for some flyers, this will be true. It would have the effect of separating the ones that are committed to the long term heath of our hobby from the ones that think rules are for everyone but them. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a fan of government involvement in anything unnecessary but understand the need in having a common agreement about rules necessary to operate safely in society. When cars first became available there were no rules, when airplanes first started flying there were no rules, and now with drones. I believe that some rules and education minimums are required for the long term heath and wellbeing of our beloved hobby.

    M2P - I fly purely for enjoyment

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  5. Don Keightley NCO

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    I have been flying anything with wings or rotor blades since 1965. Not about to stop any time soon
     
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  6. Don Keightley NCO

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    Catch, there is a reason that FAA have strict rules and regulations for anything that flies. There are no roads up there, so unless controlled, things tend to bump into each other and fall out of the sky and hurt or kill people. When any aircraft quits at altitude, it doesnt have the ability to just park out of the way. Not to mention that a bird as small as a dove can bring down a small plane in a bird strike (had a few in my time) so imagine what a drone could do...

    I am all for the rules and am registered with the FAA and working on Part 107 for drone pilot's licence. The more you know, the less problems you have. Even if you are just a casual flyer, you will be playing with a potentially lethal toy, so rules need to apply regardless of your level of commitment
     
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