Patrick McKay
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Ivan R commented on Patrick McKay's blog post Remote ID Proposal Outlaws Home-built RC Aircraft
"i agree the AMA has totally missed out on everything the last 10 years...they are a complete waste"
Jan 17

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DavidJames commented on Patrick McKay's blog post Remote ID Proposal Outlaws Home-built RC Aircraft
"I noticed this  OpenDroneID Project that is compatible with Mavlink data. Looks like there are some development kits that will provide BlueTooth5 ID. https://www.opendroneid.org/"
Jan 13

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DavidJames commented on Patrick McKay's blog post Remote ID Proposal Outlaws Home-built RC Aircraft
"Does anyone have a link to copy or summary of the: ASTM WK65041 New Specification for UAS Remote ID and Tracking https://www.astm.org/DATABASE.CART/WORKITEMS/WK65041.htm"
Jan 8
Patrick McKay commented on Patrick McKay's blog post Remote ID Proposal Outlaws Home-built RC Aircraft
"Like I figured, the AMA completely missed the most important part of the proposed rule that affects them the most. Because the AMA's government relations people are absolute idiots who know nothing about statutory interpretation, and just see…"
Jan 5

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DavidJames commented on Patrick McKay's blog post Remote ID Proposal Outlaws Home-built RC Aircraft
"I noticed that the  Academy of Model Aeronautics has a good Template Comment on UAS Remote ID. https://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amagov/2020/01/03/template-comment-on-uas-remote-id/"
Jan 5

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DavidJames commented on Patrick McKay's blog post Remote ID Proposal Outlaws Home-built RC Aircraft
"I agree that the "amateur built aircraft"  is being defined in a way that makes pretty much every model aircraft non-compliant.    It forces "amateur built aircraft" producers(us) into the same category as…"
Jan 1
Greg Fletcher commented on Patrick McKay's blog post Remote ID Proposal Outlaws Home-built RC Aircraft
"David, I am sad to say that he is 100% correct. The devil is in the details, which have a section explicitly calling out a UAV made from 100% store bought parts. Do you carve your own props, machine and wind you motors. They are trying to pull a…"
Jan 1

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DavidJames commented on Patrick McKay's blog post Remote ID Proposal Outlaws Home-built RC Aircraft
"I noticed that Altitude Angle is already incorporated into Mission Planner.     It already provides the Standard remote…"
Dec 31, 2019

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DavidJames commented on Patrick McKay's blog post Remote ID Proposal Outlaws Home-built RC Aircraft
"It is possible that with ardupilot and the mission planner any drone could be compliant with the FAA identification standards and not be limited just to local flying fields.   The tamper resistance requirement looks like the biggest road…"
Dec 31, 2019
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Remote ID Proposal Outlaws Home-built RC Aircraft

I want to clear up a myth about the FAA's proposed remote ID rules that I've been seeing floating around. People think that amateur home-built model aircraft will be largely unaffected by this, since they can just fly at AMA fields. Or people think that to build and fly model aircraft outside of AMA fields, all they would have to do is slap some kind of transponder on…See More
Dec 31, 2019

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About Me:
I am an FPV RC pilot currently living in Parker, Colorado.

YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/SerithianFPV
Vimeo channel: http://vimeo.com/serithian
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I started flying FPV with my Dynam Hawk Sky in September 2011 and have since moved on to FPV flying wings. My current plane is a Crash Test Hobbies Deep Reaper XL, which I love using for proximity flights in the Colorado mountains.
Hometown:
Parker, CO

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Remote ID Proposal Outlaws Home-built RC Aircraft

Posted on December 30, 2019 at 1:16pm 10 Comments

I want to clear up a myth about the FAA's proposed remote ID rules that I've been seeing floating around. People think that amateur home-built model aircraft will be largely unaffected by this, since they can just fly at AMA fields. Or people think that to build and fly…

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FOIA Request Reveals FAA UAS Enforcement Data

Posted on August 14, 2015 at 11:17am 12 Comments

Back in April I filed a FOIA request with the FAA requesting the following documents:

“All releasable records related to civil enforcement actions or certificate actions against operators of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or model aircraft, initiated in 2014 or 2015. This request includes, but is not limited to, letters of investigation, notices of…

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Draft Legislation Would Ban All RC Aircraft in Colorado

Posted on January 11, 2015 at 6:19pm 16 Comments

I have recently learned of a piece of draft legislation soon to be introduced in the Colorado State Senate by Senators Linda Newell and Kevin Lundberg (who I interned for in high school ironically), which if passed as worded would effectively ban all recreational and commercial use of unmanned/remote-control aircraft in Colorado. The full text of the draft bill, which…

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FOIA Response Reveals FAA Routinely Misrepresents the Law Regarding Unmanned Aircraft

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 4:48pm 59 Comments

 

The FAA has finally provided the first set of documents in response to a FOIA request I filed back in April 2013, requesting copies "of all records related to investigations and enforcement actions related to alleged violations of regulations, rules, policies, or advisory circulars by operators of unmanned aerial systems." After months of delays, excuses, and requesting extensions,…

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