How long is a piece of string? Too many factors can influence it, interference, terrain, kp, weather etc, the EU model is around a mile ideal conditions.I understand that one shouldnt fly out of sight but in rare cases if needed, whats the max range on the standard H anyone?
With the guidelines, is there at any point governmental overreach? I have seen agencies create rules to justify their own existence, Institute fines to become a revenue center and only when challenged in a court of law have they been brought back to the reality that the imposition of law still have to be written under the rights of the Constitution. Is there any data on how many people have been injured by drones falling out of the sky? Or how much property has actually been damaged? I am not asking for a big argument, just some clarification on the common sense side because not all laws are rooted in common sense and neither are all people. Unfortunately some laws by agencies seem to be written for the ultimate lowest common denominator of person and thus invades constitutional rights.Not when the information is posted to encourage illegal and unsafe flight operations.
It’s bad enough that irresponsible multirotor operators have caused creation of laws that have pretty much wiped out several classes of fixed wing RC; turbines, thermal duration gliders, giant scale aerobatics, leaving the participants holding tens of thousands of $$ in equipment they can no longer use along with loss of the enjoyment they had experienced for decades. I have over $50k in planes and equipment I can no longer fly in the manner they were designed to be flown because of them.
Those same irresponsible, selfish, self centered multirotor operators are also placing the entire hobby at risk because they feel they should be able to fly BLOS without restrictions or certification, not to mention the safety of the public in general. Making the situation a little more irritating is that without a computer to perform the stabilization, GPS for guidance, and RTH to get back 95% of those flying multirotors couldn’t fly at all. They lack the talent and flight skills.
From my point of view anyone that makes videos that demonstrates and encourages BLOS ops without FAA approvals should be tracked down and prosecuted. A few publicized examples of people being arrested, having their equipment confiscated, and being levied with fines exceeding $100k would get the message across. That’s already happened with an east coast professional advertising outfit so it can be done again.
People that refuse to recognize the risk and dangers of illegal flight ops should do everyone in the hobby a favor and not fly at all. The damage they are causing the hobby by showing people what they can do and how to do it is irreparable, providing governments reasons to impose more and more legislation to further restrict us. Every BLOS video provides that much more ammunition to justify closure of the RC hobby entirely.
I'm afraid that where the FAA, general public, and the media is concerned that has already occurred.