Bill Fearheller

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Bill Fearheller last won the day on May 5 2020

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  1. Thanks for the link. This is an interesting Regulation (?). I am permitted to fly my drone in air space regulated by the FAA (which is all air space) as long as I comply with FAA rules, regulations and laws. I have my 107 and as far as I am concerned, Jefferson County or the State of Colorado or Denver County has no jurisdiction over those flights once I am in the air. I also will admit that they can tell me where I can take off or land as long as they own the land, but once I am in the air their ability to tell me anything is null and void, and I will consider their interruption as "interference with a pilot during the operation of an aircraft" which they will find out is a Federal crime. Also, if they are going to enforce the law about flights over open space or parks in Jefferson County (they wrote the rule not me), they need to set up a kiosk at the airport so all pilots can pick up the ticket, because nearly all of them fly over open space and parks in Jeffco when they land or take off. (want to pass a law and then not enforce it on all pilots?? It is also a crime to selectively apply the law to those you don't like or agree with. Instead of trying to stop an activity that is safely practiced every day in Jefferson County, they should try to educate themselves and the public about air craft operation in the United States of America. Also we as pilots should try to educate the "bad actors" in our hobby or profession. Good luck with their efforts when Amazon and UPS start delivering packages. Tell them they can't fly, and see how much money they have to fight you, and slap you down like a bug hovering around a ...fill in the blank. Be well and stay safe (and fly safely), bf p.s. I also ride an electric assisted e-trike which I consider a personal mobility device because of my advanced age and physical abilities. I don't know if it exactly meets their regulations on e-bikes, but I am told it is by the company that sold it to me, but because of the "people with disabilities act", it is required for me to use a public open space. Please don't ask me what my disability is, because that is also a Federal crime. Can we all just agree the Government only wants to control us in all our activities, and try to get along. also, please forgive any spelling errors, because that is also one of my disabilities...bf
  2. To all respondents to this topic, At some time, responsible pilots of drones need to join together and form a group that takes these local governments to task on their illegal efforts to control the air space usurping the authority that is given only to the FAA. I don't know how that would be accomplished, but I envision that it would be like a class action lawsuit. I am for safety, as I know responsible pilots are, but like all governments local, national and world organizations, IF you give them an inch, they will keep taking until they have the whole mile... Be well and stay safe, Bill Fearheller
  3. And Yet more learning. Thank you Dave. I find that as I age, I am missing more and more details. I don't know if that is caused by age or just doing too much. I suspect both. bf
  4. This has been a learning experience for me so ... Be well and fly safely, bf
  5. My comments on the Remote I.D. NPRM was (I thought) well written and descriptive of my thoughts on the issue. What I didn't know was the "character limit" that comments were limited by and after writing my pre-assembled comment into the record, I found I was 5300 or so characters over the limit. I cut out every bit of explanatory or clarifying words or phrases to get down to the limit which I accomplished with 33 characters to spare. Problem...That turned my arguments and suggestions into mush (my opinion). Question...was I limited to only one comment submission? bf
  6. Av8Chuck, I find this ruling interesting. I think that the responses we are getting from politicians are caused by a need for the politicians to respond to voters that have complained about someone flying a drone in perceived danger to kids, animals, or in general other park users. I know I make an effort to keep far from kids because of their attraction to drones, and I don't want to have them around unsupervised because they get in my way. I still think it will take an organisation that sues governments and wins to stop the harassment of pilots. I have penned a response to the FAA on the i.d. rule they purpose, and I would like to get it to you and others to get input about it. Could I post it here and have you read it. I am not skilled at writing, but I feel strongly that the FAA is trying to ban us and shift the costs for that banning to us. I am totally opposed to the use of the internet for any part of the i.d. rule, and I am more opposed to private companies acting as middlemen. Let me know if that would be appropriate to use this forum to air my thoughts and receive comments. If so, do I just "drag my file" to attach it, or would it be better to write my response out and post it here for comments? Thank you, Bill Fearheller
  7. To Whomever, What would be the response to a drone flying over the park? How about 100 drones? I can launch from dozens of places without being in the park. Anyone out there that wants to organize a flyover? It would have to be done within the laws we all know and respect. Sooner or later we will have to start organizing into a group large enough to get the politicians respect. bf
  8. I find it interesting that your "places to fly in Denver" were not in Denver. Bill Fearheller
  9. As a drone flyer, I cannot do anything about these laws imposed by local government by myself. We as a group need to find a politician at the federal level that will go to bat for us. Does anyone know who that might be? bf
  10. My bad...didn't sound like that. For clarity, you (collective) are saying you cannot determine that any rules were broken from looking at the video...I'm saying (not collective) that the pilot knows if rules were broken, and just because you can't be caught or convicted, doesn't make it a smart thing to do and it reflects badly on all drone pilots. It will also sooner or later cause the rules to be more restrictive or bans to be imposed in more places than they are now. Guess we are both right...'nuf said. bf
  11. Interesting argument. FEW INCIDENTS!? If I fly my drone under 400 feet altitude at the end of the active at Jefferson Co. Airport, there will be few incidents. Most aircraft are more than 400 feet in the air by that time. Should I do it? As far as getting approvals are concerned, I didn't see in the article that permission was sought. I thought that was what we were talking about. If approval is received, then there is no controversy. I would be interested in parachute systems and a light for operation after dark, but I'd run out of places to put them on my Mavic 2 pro. I think I will stay as I am and fly legal as much as it pains me to do so. Be safe out there and have fun, bf
  12. Also point of knowledge: How long do I stay a "NEWBIE" ?? I generally resist labels.
  13. I would assume that the altitude restrictions have been exceeded here at some time or another. Count the number of floors on the buildings he/she is even with and multiply by 11. (I know about flying over and around obstructions (buildings) of 400 feet away) The footage is outstanding, so now I'm fairly certain others will now do these types of flights in cities everywhere. Sooner or later there will be a problem and the reaction will be to ban drones in cities...See Denver, Colorado. bf
  14. Last week in Colorado a car crossed the median on the freeway and hit head on into traffic. My point was it can't be undone, so be EXTRA careful. I used to fly in these craft and a 7.63 bullet from an AK took me out of the air on 3 separate occasions. 'nuff said...bf
  15. I agree that the FAA is final authority if not the only authority; however it would be prudent to have an extra set of eyes and ears helping you. After you knock a helicopter out of the sky, it will be hard to remember that the FAA is the only authority. Just saying...bf