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The FAA said model aircraft will not be required to have an onboard transponder thingy so how will anyone know.
there is no way anyone can show that I am flying outside of the 8 rules, including the ceiling.
Point is, 99% of the populous don't give a rats petunia about us including the FAA.
So, be smart, fly safe, yield the right of way, and stay the hell away from people and structures. Our hobby may very well depend on it.
Some of those eight rules cannot even be complied with anyways for the time being... such as passing a test. There is no test yet.
The Transponder will most likely be an ADS-B OUT as some point, but whilst they would like this, their main focus in the US will be implementing ADS-B OUT for General Aviation by 2020 within certain airspace. So lets relax. My GPS module for my Futaba gear doesn't appear to be very accurate +/- 80ft some times. So the technology in this particular size is not available yet so the requirements cannot be met due to lack of availability. The 2020 mandate had well over five years to gear up. I would presume this would take more time.
I've spoken with the FAA here, and you are correct. They do not care unless there is a report of a violation. Then they have to act. Now they have a law to fall back on to enforce it. They have had reports in Anchorage over the float pond in Merrill Field but by the time they got there the person had left. The person reporting it said it was a drone, two younger guys, and a white car......... So how do they track that kind of report!! HA HA HA. Good luck.
I even talked to a wildlife enforcer who had a report of a drone on a cliff face next to goats.... Drone was dead. No numbers, No contact, video did not help other than seeing a goat check it out. HA HA, I don't think people were harassing wildlife, but it goes to show that the people doing wrong are not us. We shouldn't be so worried other than to use our common sense.
Education is important. The FEDs here in Alaska don't have very much funding for education. They want the club to promote aviation and educate those getting into the hobby so they understand the importance of keeping the NAS controlled.
The FEDS need ruling to enforce when there is a threat to the NAS. Period. There will be revisions... good and bad in the future. You need to stand in their shoes though to see it.
I'm concerned for those long time fields being pinched out of existence due to overregulation (blanket regulations intended for a specific group but encapsulates everyone). Overregulation is a quick, imprecise way of creating a ruling... It saddens me to see all of these great minds at work and to see what they have come up with.
At any rate, I'm just trying to keep our clubs two fields active in Class D airspace, I'm optimistic as well, but it's not making it easy for a guy to fly an RC plane anymore.