Stephen

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  1. Any judgment arising from this suit could have an impact worldwide on many jurisdiction's definition of what constitutes formal surveying, as performed by a licensed person, and a UAV pilot gathering "supporting" information on behalf of a "willing" agent. The UAV pilot's skill as well as the quality of the photographs obtained, while obviously important, would generally only make up a single tool in a much wider armoury of informational tools an agent might utilise; as in forensic analysis, as in the management of an industrial activity, as in the protection of critical infrastructure. Perhaps a counter argument might be put forward; where a licensed surveyor wishes to take any sort of image in pursuit of his or her surveying task, they must also hold formal photographic qualifications! It would seem on the face of it, the Surveyor Board's notice to cease and desist is more about 'patch protection' than a recognition even the profession and the methods of surveying has moved on somewhat since construction of the Great Wall of China, the Egyptian Pyramids and Aztec Temples
  2. Despite living in a very different 'hood', which is well outside the direct influence of US FAA and LEA, I have submitted my "two penneth" worth on the NPRM. My rationale being, that while I might be living in a country (New Zealand) many thousands of kilometres outside US jurisdictional influence, I suspect the NZ CAA (as are likely many other civil aviation authorities around the world), will be looking at this piece of US (proposed) law and how it might influence similar RID legislation and the implementation of monitoring/policing technology. There have been many views I have read suggesting in one form or another that the NPRM is "dead in the water". However, I suspect that globally there WILL be some form of UAS remote ID in place, sooner rather than later. While the "naysayers" are entitled to their views, that sense of entitlement should not extend to an assumed right to unsafely occupy an airspace in pursuit of their particularly interest or activity. It was once suggested to me by a now retired lawyer, that without law and order, there is lawlessness; and with lawlessness there is anarchy. Fully understanding that a UAV operator does NOT have the exclusive use of any airspace, but if we (collectively) are going to continue to enjoy the use of a small segment of that airspace we have to acknowledge the presence of other airspace users and their rights to safe use and safe passage. Without "good" legislation to monitor, police plus legitimise safe UAS operations, alongside the day it is proven that a UAV has brought down another aircraft because of a rogue operator, will be the day ALL UAS operators will suffer - in a big way! It may well be the NPRM, in its current form, is not worth the paper it is written on. But, the FAA will not know that, if they are not informed in an intelligent and rational manner. There is now barely two days remaining before the opportunity to submit a public comment is closed off. Ranting and raving on various different forums may help to vent your spleen about the negatives of the NPRM as well as score several thumbs up. However, the only comments the FAA will take any notice of (even remotely) will be those formally submitted following due process. That democratic opportunity should not be squandered lightly. Happy and safe flying 😎 👍 BTW: Though this is my first post to this forum, I have been a member of this, DJI Mavic 2 and Yuneec forums' since about mid 2018. I have more than 100 hours flight time, mostly in recreational/training environments relating to commercial operations, post retirement from my current day job. I hold a Part 101 certificate; working towards Part 102 in 2020. (Part 102 is about a Part 107 equivalent)
  3. New to UAV Coach forum, but not entirely new to UAV/drone forums - being a reasonably active member of both DJI and Yuneec groups. I'm picking that like pretty much everyone else who wants to extol the positives around where they live, I will try not to disappoint anyone. I am a New Zealander, who has lived in more than a few other countries around the world at various times in my life; visiting a whole lot more either as a tourist and occasionally on business. In more recent years around twice a year I've travelled to China, living in suburban Chongqing and Chengdu for periods from a few weeks to several months. Love the experience of being the foreigner, getting to know more about Chinese people, their culture and amazing history, but always consider my home is here in New Zealand. Following employment/career opportunities several years ago I moved from an earthquake ravaged city to a small town in the northern area of the South Island's West Coast province where I have been able to combine a lifetime interest in photography with walking and cycling . Bush walks, mountain tracks and more than 600 kms of stunning, stunning coastline get me reaching for superlatives on an almost daily basis. As an almost natural extension of holding a DSLR with long lens attached to try and capture that near elusive (for me) perfect landscape photo I was bitten with the UAV bug about three years ago, buying a second hand DJI Inspire 1 quad. Didn't do too well with that "bird"; probably not being the best UAV to learn videography ropes on, but it certainly gave me the desire to go to a new level both in terms of flying and videography. I now have a DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Yuneec H520 with E90 gimbal camera and just in the throws of evaluating options around buying either a CGOET or E10T with FLIR Boson sensor (when it becomes available). Moving towards a planned retirement from a long career in nursing that has seen me work in areas such as emergency, trauma and palliative care, I was originally looking forward to a relative quiet "3rd Age", but over the last year have been working towards launching my already set up company into the quite small (fledgling) sUAS services market in this part of the country. Currently I've logged more than 60 hours, purely on learning to fly the M2P and H520, and literally in the last few hours of that flying training, begun to combine flying and videography skills. Earlier this year I completed a course in NZCAA law as it relates to flying a UAV in civil airspace; unfortunately dipping out twice because of weather, when attempting to get flying competency sign off in order to obtain a "Part 102" certification. I've signed up to this forum because I believe learning from the broad base of knowledge of others has for me way more benefits than trying to learn in isolation or from just one source. Watching the videos is great, but listening/reading about the real world experiences of others as well as asking questions has got to be the icing on the cake. Footnote: I did want to add a photo in support of my boast about stunning scenery. Unfortunately a 3Gb JPG does not fit into a maximum file size of less than 1Gb. Another time, maybe! 😉