If you care about our hobby at all, we need to put pressure on the FAA about drone flyers like Casey Neistat.
Really great rant! They nailed it!
Thanks Rob, means a lot coming from you.
Why isn't this "dude" in court with the FAA. I say dude because he reminds me of Sean Penn's character of Spicoli in Fast Times At Ridgemont High.
Because the guy is rich and famous and it's the USA - where rich and famous people usually get a pass unless they REALLY mess up badly... It's much more comfortable for the FAA to harrass some small guys than a YouTube star with millions of subscribers who might use his channel to whine and start a shitstorm with his followers...
And its because of guys like this that made me get rid of all my gear and not want to deal with it any more. Great rant guys couldn't agree more with you.
Stefan, Not buying the rich and famous thing. Not many people know this guy exist except those that watch the video's. I wonder if now that the FAA requires registration and has put a lot of fear into people if they aren't relaxing a bit. Or getting tired of losing court battles. If this dude hurts somebody he really has no excuses and will be in big trouble. You must not be from this country . He's not considered famous in the USA.
I hope that Casey has personal and property liability insurance in the millions of dollars because one day he is going to need it when he gets sued.
This is why I am now involved with ROVs that can act as proxy scuba gear.
@David -- you may not know him (nor did I) but he has 3M people subscribed to his channel. That is not trivial. A lot of people know who he is. He is likely making serious money from You Tube, and within the video-obsessed demographic (like my sons) he is obviously pretty well known. I would guess there are a lot of people that are actually quite famous on You Tube that we do not know exist.
Marc, Understand your point with the younger generation. I just don't think he is being left alone because he is rich and famous.
David R. Boulanger
So what's the appropriate response?
Anonymous tip to the FAA (or equivalent)?
Or (out of a sense of courtesy) - inform the guy first that he's in extreme violation, then inform on him if he persists (I do assume a lot of these clowns are indeed oblivious to the existence of any rules).
And what are outfits like DJI, which depend more than most on not provoking a ban, thinking by sending samples to someone specifically because he's known for doing stuff like this?
That they'll get their name in the news for a day, just before their biggest market is pulled out from under them? Actually, I wouldn't be surprised.
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