This keeps being asserted but is still completely incorrect - there many legitimate reasons for aircraft, especially helicopters, to be legally operated below 400 ft AGL.Since SUAS are in <400' airspace where no manned ac should be under normal conditions (with the notable exceptions of airports and disaster locations) it seems to be a case of government overreach to license persons flying plastic toys for fun and photography.
Perfect - just add the usual ridiculous argument that stupid people break laws and therefore laws are pointless.Besides, you can't fix stupid, and the stupid folks are going to do stupid things regardless of the law.
Hey, PhoenixOne. Starboard and Port are a thing on aircraft just like on boats. If you look at the navigation lights on a boat and aircraft you will see they have the same colours. Red on the left (port) and green on the right (starboard) and a white one at the rear. I actually have a set that I mount on my P3S to fly legally in Canada at night.Is starboard even a thing on aircraft?? I thought that was boats...
Some most definitely are. Which is why there are things like Drone Advisory Council (DAC) and DAC Task Groups (I'm on TG 3, and we're dealing with the waiver process). But it's a moving target at the moment.
When the FAA first took on the control of drones, they tried to shoehorn us into the NAS under modified manned aviation rules. It was meant as a stop gap action, and it was mandated by Congress. And when Congress tries to mandate things they know little about, stuff like 333 (assuming you mean 333, and not 303) is what comes out of the meat grinder.
[side note] if you still think 333 is the law of the land, you're been asleep at your sticks for about 3 years. Please get current on your knowledge base before you come onto the forums and opine.
Back to your OP:
Overall, the FAA is crafting and changing the rules as we speak. It takes time and patience when dealing with the FAA. That's just how it is. Even those inside the FAA that I work with understand that the FAA moves at a glacial speed, and are trying to speed things up.
Many inside the FAA understand our issues and are working on it. And it you really take a look at the current rules, they're not all that hard to understand. The attitude of some here (screw the rules, etc.) are why the rules are necessary in the first place.
If you are of the mindset that the rules don't apply to you, or "it's not illegal if you don't get caught", do us all a favor and sell your drone. You are the ones that cause the problems.
For the rest of your, who do follow the rules (or at least to the best of your ability), thank you. That makes things much easier for those of us who are actually working to make a difference in this industry.
Some examples of how things are getting better are LAANC, the waiver process (still not great), and clarification of hobby rules. And many more improvements are in the works and trying to get implemented.
The FAA asks for patience. So please follow the current rules, and "don't be that guy".
Ridiculous? MOSTLY, yes. I think the sectional chart stuff is very valuable. Here's my list of ridiculous crap we'll never use as UAS pilots:Do you think that the required knowledge is over the top? I think the 303 test is way to hard, like why do you need to know how to read all these ridiculously complex flight codes to fly a drone. And in Canada it's just insane, like its easier to drive a car legally then fly a drone.
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