If you care about our hobby at all, we need to put pressure on the FAA about drone flyers like Casey Neistat.

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Comment by Andrew Murphy on May 27, 2016 at 5:52pm

@ Dusan

I think this site has its share of jealousy. People enjoy thinking and adapting their ideas to the UAS field and are critical of other people’s implementation. The guy is a celebrity, I can’t quantify his value to society and I can’t see myself doing the same thing. But if he’s paid an obscene amount of money for a task that doesn’t break his moral values I can’t blame him for doing it. I just don’t like seeing this stuff getting more money than good products or research. Every great idea that get’s posted to this website I am jealous of, but it is more infuriating when the bad ones have more success. 

Comment by Gary McCray on May 27, 2016 at 6:01pm

Well, predictably this Blog turned up a lot of various opinions.

The bottom line is Casey is flagrantly breaking almost all of the FAA regulations on each flight.

Additionally he is putting the general public generally in harms way and he is clearly well within the purview of being "commercial" so far as the FAA goes anyway.

He, is, in fact the ultimate poster child for pretty much everything the FAA is trying to prevent.

I honestly think eventually they will come down on him like a ton of bricks and he will get less sympathy from this group in general than he might be expecting.

I understand and in many ways applaud his anti-establishment and anti abusive establishment message, if anything I am more of an anarchist than he is.

But quite aside from FAA regs and political overkill what he is doing is careless, stupid and dangerous.

He has a narrow window of opportunity which he has thoroughly exploited, but I suspect it is about to slam shut.

For us, his actions will do nothing but make our own situation regarding public opinion, the politicians, the media and the FAA - worse.

Comment by George Kelly on May 27, 2016 at 6:15pm

I'm not sure which is more offensive - the behaviour itself, or the insinuation that those who object are jealous.

On behalf of the mature adults here, I assure whomever that jealousy has nothing to do with it.

(I'm about as jealous of Casey as I would be if he passed me on the highway doing 150 mph, swigging Jack Daniels, and giving everyone he cuts off the finger).

George

Comment by Jason on May 27, 2016 at 6:35pm

Has nothing to do with jealousy.  It's self preservation.  I want to have more leeway to fly my stuff, irresponsible pilots are something that the regulators can point to in order to take away leeway, therefore by simple logic, I want irresponsible pilots to stop being irresponsible pilots. 

Comment by DG on May 27, 2016 at 6:49pm

Hopefully DJI sales are up. That's the important thing

sarc/off

Comment by Craig Issod on May 27, 2016 at 7:13pm

@Jason, even Ghandi, MLK and others who tried hard were unable to make people change...by simple logic, we'd understand the fruitlessness of making fools...less so! So many fools, so little time!

Comment by Jason on May 27, 2016 at 7:27pm

Bullshit, the only prerequisite to educating a fool is to first convince him that he is in fact a fool.  Ghandi and MLK weren't aviators, so I can understand their limitations.

Comment by Dusan on May 27, 2016 at 7:28pm

So when New York City post 25mph speed rule you should get upset on few drivers that were speeding and endangering a life of others, but not on safety council that did educated research  on the matter and decided that such speed limit would save lives.  Rules and regulations shouldn't be made  based on an action of individuals but with greater society benefit in mind. So if legislator  decides that all multi rotors are banned for good as much as that would hurt our community and hobby it would serve a greater good of our society.

I was of the same opinion that carless RC/Drone operators should be prevented so we the rest of the community don't suffer the consequences. But if you think about it in a long run regardless of what they as irresponsible operators  did or did not, we will have strict guidelines on how to operate in civil airspace.  It was a hobby and privilege at one point but it  has evolved to consumer product same way that two-way radio evolved to a cel-phone. Yes you can do more harm with flying lawnmower than cell-phone and that's why we can expect more strict regulations regardless of Casey or Aeroworks. 

@Jason

You are not getting any leeway by personally prosecuting irresponsible pilots, the same way your car insurance will never go down regardless of you driving record.

Comment by Jason on May 27, 2016 at 7:36pm

@Dusan, all of that assumes that regulations are a result of logic instead of hysteria.

Comment by Scott W on May 28, 2016 at 8:37am

Dusan, (assuming you're in the USA), To assume any legislator or politician has 'societies' good in mind is completely naive.  They have the interests of their own bank accounts and the corporate lobbyists who pay them in mind, and that is all!  That's why it's so difficult to take ANY new law or regulation seriously.  They're clearly not for societies benefit. 

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