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Old 10-27-2013, 05:47 PM   #21
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Re: First FAA Prosecution of a Civilian Drone UAV

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Originally Posted by strikemaster View Post
This is all United States regulations and enforcement. Does not apply here, but the Department of Transport will be aware of it.

The Canadian regulations are an entirely different kettle of fish. The DOT (administrators of the rules) have defined what a model airplane is, and specified MAAC as the primary contact with regard to model aircraft operation. MAAC and DOT have already addressed the requirements for FPV flight for model airplanes.

DOT has taken the stance that anything that doesn't meet the rules as being a drone and requiring the necessary paperwork and insurance to be legal. So commercial operation, out of line-of-sight, etc. that aren't within the MAAC FPV rules means that it is a "drone" and comes under the DOT rules rather than MAAC rules.

If Richard Barlow decides to wade in here and give his side of the arguments and says that I've stated something incorrectly, I'll defer to him since he was there and has the best knowledge of how to interpret things.
Yes, this is true about Canadian FPV. But as the title says, its about the FAA's first prosecution. This is a precedent setting case that I am sure all FPV fliers from around the world will be watching with great interest. The defenses bottom line is that the FAA is not keeping up with the times. As this case unravels, it will be interesting to see what comes out of the FAA. Tightening of the screws, or loosening of the screws.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:54 PM   #22
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It's all political BS. No other person is being hit with a fine. If the FAA does contact someone, they get a stop doing it order. They educate first and then will fine if they keep doing it. Trappy first recorded the campus and then was asked later about using the footage. Trappy is a hobbyist first and has a good business selling FPV gear, which is not illegal. AS for making money off Youtube, I guess any one posting a FPV video, who makes money on their youtube account, is breaking the law. You may not make lots off youtube but it's still "compensation". They did submit a motion to dismiss, anyone heard if they ruled yet on this motion?
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:57 PM   #23
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Re: First FAA Prosecution of a Civilian Drone UAV

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Yeah baby!!!
Lay the smack down on the renegade FPV crowd, I love it. I hope FPV of any kind except at a flying field will be outright banned. I'll be the first to rat out anyone flying FPV near me. FPV is a huge risk and a black eye to the hobby I love. Can't wait to hear the crying!
You seem to be confusing FPV flight with flight beyond visual line of sight, or if not confusing, at least lumping the two together; very narrow minded. There's nothing wrong with FPV provided the activity is undertaken safely and using common sense. MAAC, although only able to govern MAAC members, has provided reasonable guidelines for FPV activities in Canada, guidelines that may be applied regardless of whether or not you operate from a MAAC sanctioned flying field.

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