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FAA’s Committee Report on ID and Tracking of #drones, may be even kites?

This post summarizes the FAA’s committee report and recommendations on remote ID for drones and quadcopters. It looks like some model aircraft might be exempt from remote ID requirements but only if flown in a 400′ distance of the operator – in other words, a tiny area. All other flights will require remote ID, be trackable in real-time, and for majority of people who live within Class B, C and D, or even E, airspace, they will need to pre-file a flight plan before flight and be trackable with a remote ID transponder. In some cases, the craft may be required to communicate to a tracking network, perhaps via link to your cellphone and then through the Internet. All of these “features” will add up in both fixed costs (buying remote ID transponders) and variable costs (possibly fees to pay for the tracking infrastructure.).

Basically, a lot of things are now in motion with this report and the 2018 FAA Reauthorization bill that will likely place significant restrictions on hobby flying of toy model aircraft. Such flights are likely to be limited only to approved community model airfields. All other flights will require remote ID, and eventually real-time, networking tracking, all of which will cost money. In effect, the long term direction of these initiative is potentially going to de facto shrink, if not eliminate, most public access to model aircraft operations.

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Possible future #drones regulation

If Democrats regain control of Congress, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) will likely become head of the House transportation committee with oversight of the FAA. He appears to favor strong regulation of all model aircraft operations in the United States. What impact is this likely to have on model aviation or consumer drone/quadcopter activities?

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Tech manufacturers make recycling batteries extremely difficult

Tech companies view themselves as “green” companies, but they are anything but “green”. Until about half a dozen years ago, cell phones had user replaceable batteries, but then all manufacturers, about the same time, made replacing batteries very difficult. Since batteries last about 2 years...

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