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  1. I added this to the main thread on the FAAs proposed rule for remote id but thought it deserved its own thread as the first one was getting very long. This is the sort of publicity we need. Credit to Bruce for finding this gem of a youtube video
  2. Here is one of the main supplier of model RC aircraft's take on remote ID.
  3. Here is yet another discussion about making comments on the NPRM. This one is from Bobby Watts who owns https://wattsinnovations.com a small US company making heavy lift drones.
  4. There was a special episode of the AMA podcast with an update on remote id. https://www.modelaircraft.org/podcast They are getting together with several manufacturers and retailers to form a Government Advocacy Coalition. https://www.modelaircraft.org/govcoalition Also they and others had requested an extension to the public comment period but its been denied by the FAA so March 2 is still the deadline for public comment.
  5. Here is the lasted video from the Flite Test Community Association (FTCA) with their advice on how to comment on the FAA's proposed rule for remote ID.
  6. What flight stack are you running px4 or Ardupilot ?. If Ardupilot are you performing this procedure to arm the motors ? https://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/arming_the_motors.html Typically the motors will be prevented from arming if one or more pre-arm checks fail https://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-prearm-safety-checks.html
  7. Likely someone wanting to make a case for the FAA's remote ID proposal.
  8. Here is the AMA's second podcast on the remote id NPRM. Don't bother with the first one as it seems that it was too early as they likely had not had a chance to fully digest it.
  9. I don't have his direct email but these are the contact pages on FT websites. https://www.flitetest.com/pages/contact-other https://www.edgewaterairpark.com/contact/
  10. I guess your right and I know that the AMA has been around for a long time and have done a great deal for the hobby in the past. Maybe they became somewhat complacent over the years since they were the only RC model association in the US. I also think that they realize that they have let their members down by failing to protect the hobby and are trying their best to correct the situation but it can only help things by having more representation with associations like Josh is establishing. If you notice he mentioned on that video they have 800,000 US youtube subscribers. That's 4 times the AMA membership. Ok maybe not all would be willing to pay for membership but even if it 2x or 3x that is still a lot more than the AMA. I already have introduced my 2 year old grandson to the hobby by building him a chuck glider from FliteTest out of one sheet of Dollar Tree foam board. I hope to introduce him to build and fly more advanced aircraft as he gets older - FAA permitting!
  11. Like most AMA members I pay $75/year (there are slightly lower fees for young and old) membership. Ok, it provides insurance and is mandatory for me to fly at a local RC club which I pay a further $120/year. I understand that they have around 200,000 members and so lets say the average fee for AMA membership is $60. That is an annual revenue of $12 million if my math is correct. Apart from buying stuff from FliteTest I don't pay anything but I feel like many others they seem to better represent all of the recreational hobbyist from young to old flying traditional RC planes or the latest drones than the AMA. I am interested in seeing what Josh can do with his recently established FliteTest Community Association and would be quite willing to pay for membership or volunteer my time to help out.
  12. It was so great to see Josh Bixler, the president of FLITETEST on this CES 2020 panel discussion. Although they don't get to talk about remote ID until the very end its worth watching the entire video.
  13. Flitetest have built up a large community of RC model aircraft hobbyists over the years and have over 1.5 million subscribers to thier youtube channel. They just recently started this channel to help keep their community in the air. They are also asking to hold off on commenting on the FAA's proposed rule for the moment in order for them to have time to coordinate with other organizations and to come up with the most cohesive statement.
  14. Yes, its proposing that the UAS would require "FAA certified" hardware/software to be able to provide 2 means of identification The broadcast of the ID and location data directly transmitted by the drone itself that can be picked up by a device like a cell phone or other device. Transmission of ID and location data transmitted via the internet to an FAA approved USS (3rd parties similar to those that provide LAANC) What's not clear to me at the moment is if the aircraft itself needs to be connected to the internet or if the transmission can be done via the ground control station. Now they also state that if there is no internet at take off it can still take off providing its broadcasting but if there is internet and the connection is lost during flight it should be reported to the remote pilot to take action like to land.
  15. I am both a fixed wing RC and drone pilot/builder. I do fly planes at a local AMA club but typically fly my drones in a nearby park so I am for both keeping AMA fields as well as other areas to fly.
  16. For what its worth the AMA have posted this template that can be used for the public comment https://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amagov/2020/01/03/template-comment-on-uas-remote-id/ As an AMA member and RC fixed wing flyer I plan on using it.
  17. Bruce does a brilliant job of explaining the consequences to our hobby if this rule is allowed to go into law. He challenges the FAA on its pretense to be in the name of safety. He also doesn't believe that the AMA will be effective in influencing the FAA's decisions based on its inability to stop the repeal of 336. I would encourage anyone in this hobby to watch it.
  18. Is there a statement to this effect from the DOT published somewhere ?
  19. I believe that a lot do but some don't always live close to one. Also, since land is becoming more developed there are less places to establish one.