(At a talk on Anti-Patterns in Large Python Codebases given by Benjamin Peterson over at Yelp HQ)
PS3: "Nope! You'll sit here and watch me download updates."
- a small MUJI magnetic photo frame,
- a writable NFC tag,
- a printer,
- a pair of scissors.
Android users can associate to my network simply by tapping the photo frame, thanks to the NFC tag embedded within. IPhone users can instead flip it around and use a QR code scanner app to read my wireless password. Either case: no tedious, error-prone typing involved!
Summary: According to the FAA, FPV flying in the US is not legal, even with a spotter.
"Under the criteria above, visual line of sight would mean that the operator has an unobstructed view of the model aircraft. To ensure that the operator has the best view of the aircraft, the statutory requirement would preclude the use of vision-enhancing devices, such as binoculars, night vision goggles, powered vision magnifying devices, and goggles designed to provide a “first-person view” from the model.
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. Additionally, some of these devices could dramatically increase the distance at which an operator could see the aircraft, rendering the statutory visual-line-of-sight requirements meaningless. Finally, based on the plain language of the statute, which says that aircraft must be “flown within the visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft,” an operator could not rely on another person to satisfy the visual line of sight requirement. [...] While the statute would not preclude using an observer to augment the safety of the operation, the operator must be able to view the aircraft at all times."
On the surface, that seems rational. Where it falls apart is that FPV flying doesn't necessarily have to be done in locations or at altitude where such oversight makes any sense at all. I am 100% on board with the idea of preventing people from operating R/C aircraft without LOS at high altitudes in places where I might be in my Cessna.
But does that mean it should be illegal to wear FPV goggles and fly around a field, away from any airports, at < 200 feet elevation? If my Cessna is ever there, it's because I'm doing an emergency landing. Randomly encountering an R/C aircraft (or bird, or baseball) is fine with me.
Does that mean it should be illegal to fly aircraft using FPV equipment under tree canopies (where there can't possibly be other aircraft?)
The FAA rule is draconian. FPV flying is becoming not just a hobby, but a sport. And by passing draconian rules like this the FAA is taking rational conversation off the table and ensuring that thousands of people will just disregard them and break the rules.
And that puts me at greater risk. Thanks a lot.
"We're here to help" indeed.
- Systems Engineer, 2007 - present
- Titan Corporation
- Cobb County School District
- Rapid Reality
- North Cobb High School
- Southern Polytechnic
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