I will probably get a wrap over the knuckles for posting the AUVSI response to Mr Babbitt of the FAA's comments at a recent Washington, DC chapter event of RAeS.
I think they did a pretty bang up job with that.
Comments at sUAS News have to be filtered because they can get really quite horrid, so perhaps the debate should happen here in the safe environment of a Ning ;-)
Looks like the AMA, just like the BMFA in UK does not want anything to do with UAS, luckily for me and the same for those in South Africa our aviation authorities are a little more sensible than the FAA and have let us start. Similar in Canada, Australia, Norway umm thats all I can think of right now.
Joining AUVSI might just be a better thing to do and have them help fight the corner for UAS use in the USA. They already have the ear of the FAA and industry, support from DIYD might help. Also don't forget the other organisation if photography is your thing, RCAPA
I have not passed this one by Chris, I expect he has some thoughts on the subject.
But if you like over there you can keep on tutting and muttering and claiming you can do what you want. The rest of us will be busy making your safety case data in the real world for you. ;-)
Please lets try and be sensible here, otherwise I will just delete the thread. I realise this will light the touchpaper somewhat.
I agree with Bertrand's comment that "the more members of the DIY in the AUVSI, the bigger weight we will have in the future". AUVSI advocates for it's members, and if we don't have enough members of the DIY community with us, then it is hard to advocate for you. For our members, we are regularly encouraging them to provide feedback and messages and what they would like to see us do from an advocacy perspective. We do listen to non-members but when we go to the Hill in the US, we are really representing our membership. So if you want to get your message heard, I strongly encourage you to join and to come to one of our advocacy events. We're setting up a "call to action center" on the AUVSI website where letters can be written to members of Congress, or you can take an active role in our initiatives....but you have to be a member of the association to participate in these grassroots efforts.
That said, we do have a UAS Advocacy Committee that helps guide the strategic vision of our advocacy campaign. One of the members of this committee works for RCAPA and while not technically a hobbyist, he is representing the user community. So it's not just the "big guys" that have influence over the association's initiatives.
Regarding the letter to Babbitt - whether you're a corporate giant, a hobbyist, a user or an academic, the remarks that were made were detrimental. Our number one advocacy goal as an association is to safely gain accelerated access to the airspace and getting back to Bertrand's comment...well, the more the merrier. The more viewpoints we can represent, the stronger our voice. Not trying to sound like another politician because that is not my intention, but we want to make a difference and I truly believe we all need to work together to make that happen.
Now enough preaching from the soapbox before Gary gently tells me off on his thread! But we do want to hear from you. Please contact me if you want to get involved or have something to share.
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Just two questions about magazine:
it´s bi-month or monthly? (in AUVSI says bi-monthly magazine, chris says monthly).
They send to Europe?
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