Yep, sounds like those that like to bend the rules and operate without common sense need to realize that others see these videos. Makes it more difficult to lobby for less restrictive drone guidelines when these vid's show otherwise. Big brother IS watching.Thanks for making and sharing this info Kyle. Sounds like we should be doing some "back room research" on our YouTube channels.
Sorry MK, you give yourself far too much credit, but this is hardly PROOF the FAA is monitoring your YouTube channel. It's more likely a quad enthusiast, or beer enthusiast who works for the DOT visited your channel. The fact it sources from an eMail server might imply the visitor clicked on a link to your video in an email. While true, the email MIGHT have been sent from a concerned citizen, maybe from just one drone guy to another as a way to say "Hey, lets get together for a beer after work.". Now i have always practiced what the FAA regulations and guidelines preach, this is just a reminder that what you upload could "incriminate". I have been flying rc heli's planes and quads the last 20 years, I must admit the freedom we once experienced was amazing, I just don't want things to get even more regulated than they already are. It's not that hard to follow their rules!
I also hold ATP and was wondering what the consensus is for people like us who make a living flying airplanes. Are they/will they suspend an airmen certificate if they interpret the operation you're conducting is unsafe? Jeez. Your post just sobered me up a bit.I experienced this first hand. About a year ago I received a call from the FAA in Little Rock, Arkansas. They had stumbled across my video of a waterfall, in the video below, by doing keyword searches on the net. The gentleman who called me was very courteous and well-meaning. He was able to identify me by name, tracked down where I work, and then realized that I fly for a major aviation company, have my ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) certificate, etc. Although I had done nothing wrong, he wanted to make sure that I knew what I could and couldn't do with my drone. After a conversation of picking his brain a bit, he offered up his e-mail address to which I have corresponded with him several times when I had questions. Point is, they are definitely watching.
There are cases of that happening. One was when a commercial pilot flew his drone too close to the Nathan's Hotdog Eating Contest. Completely asinine.I also hold ATP and was wondering what the consensus is for people like us who make a living flying airplanes. Are they/will they suspend an airmen certificate if they interpret the operation you're conducting is unsafe? Jeez. Your post just sobered me up a bit.
This is no surprise to many of us. They are even here on the forum... and not just FAA, but other governmental organizations.
FYI - there is an FAA rule against dropping items from an aircraft so that is probably why they are looking at your video.
No pilot in command of a civil aircraft may allow any object to be dropped from that aircraft in flight that creates a hazard to persons or property. However, this section does not prohibit the dropping of any object if reasonable precautions are taken to avoid injury or damage to persons or property.
SOURCE : http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_G...AD2EBDA6370BB404852566CF0061287A?OpenDocument
So true! You've not lived until you've been in a small plane with a sick passenger TRYING to hit something the size of a peanut bag with projectile. By the time I landed the plane I was almost as green as she was LOL! Fortunately we had a "few" of those smalls bags in the plane. I think I just gagged a little bit just from the memory LOLe's the one that also pointed out how stupid those little barf bags you buy from Sporty's are. One gallon, heavy duty, zip log baggies is the way to go. Something they can stick their whole head in. No missing.