I should have been more specific. I was looking for opinions about using a 107.29 waiver to fly over an airport as a stunt. It could have been a private airport and he had them turn the lights on, but he should have said something about that so he didn't encourage his followers to do dumb stuff. He could have gotten permission from airport management, but he should have said that before hand. Waving the laser around, while not being illegal if he didn't light anyone up, sure was risky. It didn't look like a towered airport, so the LAANC request he put in was almost certainly for another airport (since no non-towered airports need to be covered by LAANC). It also could have been a planned stunt to spark comments, in which case, he certainly got me. In another video, he filmed someone flying over an (active, saw an airplane take off from the drone they were using) airport hanger area and had airport security running out, which in my mind was "interfering with airport operations". I have enjoyed some of his videos and don't have anything against him, if it doesn't bring negative press to us.
I agree, you bring up some good points. Everyone has their opinions and I try to see everyone’s point of view. People’s nerves are raw as the governmental agency's aren’t making things any better by continually moving the rules goal posts and making the regs a constantly moving target (IMHO). Rules and regs need not be so divisive and confusing. I do enjoy Ken’s offerings as I suppose I have a similar sense of humor. I agree that he has done more to educate the public on piloting UAV AIRCRAFT and is adamant about following the rules even if he does test them at times. I for one hope he continues to educate people.Right now is a time of much confusion for us drone pilots. There are lots of rules, and some are very hard to follow. Also watts of people don't agree right now. There are some people on this forum that give false information, and there are some people on YouTube that give false information, and there are some people that give what they think is the right information but is unintentionally twisted as this talk goes through the grapevine. the FAA should make things more simple and easy to understand, maybe have a rulebook that can be given out that is short enough for the common person to read that puts the rules in absolute black and white.
From what I know can followed all the rules in his video. And technically you're not supposed to call the airports anymore you are supposed to use the laanc system. And yes that airport may have the laanc system available even though it is non-towered. The airport near my house is non-towered and has laanc available to it. When it comes to rules I try to air on following them not pushing them as best I can, but we all break The rules whether we know it or not in some way.
The only thing I don't like about Ken's video was when he signed the laser directly up, that's a big No-No for us responsible laser owners, if there are any. You should never point a laser into the sky because it can be a problem for pilots.
and hey, Ken is doing way more with his videos than anyone on this forum is doing to educate and try to get people to follow the rules as best as they can, though he is silly, but that's the charm that makes people want to come back and watch. People don't want to come back and hear people yell laws down their throat and be done.
I think he's trying to be more of a famous Youtuber than an asset to the drone community.
He needs to grow up a little and be more responsible. I un-subbed from his channel over a year ago due to the same old schtick.
I believe that in the video you are referring to Ken flew a perfectly legal flight according to the sectional chart and local laws. In my opinion that did not make it safe or the right thing to do though. A flyaway could have endangered pilots and causes havoc. If this flight were for a job and coordinated with ATC and not just for entertainment of his viewers, I may have a different view. I believe that Ken flies “legally” but in some cases not wisely, which could ultimately lead to bad influence among his more uninformed viewers. In this I am inclined to agree with BigAl.I quit watching his ridiculous videos a couple years ago when he was flying beside an active airport. He's not a positive influence on our industry to say the least.
I look forward to the day the FAA calls him to the carpet.