Press Release to DroneLife.com

The FPV Freedom Coalition is still evaluating the full impact of HR302 on the recreational FPV hobbyists, as the most important details have yet to be released by the FAA. They have deadlines, ranging from 60 to 270 days, to produce and publish further policy. For example, they have 180 days to define the knowledge test as well as publish an Advisory Circular describing CBO designation/application.

Although Section 336, Special Rule for Model Aircraft, has been repealed by the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, we feel the existing regulation remains in force until struck from the Federal Register. During this transition period, the FAA will phase in new regulation over the next 270 days and may wait to remove 336 until Section 349 is formally implemented.

We will continue to evaluate and interpret the new regulations for the community. Reactions from the community have been mixed so far as they gain the knowledge to understand just what is happening. Overall, we see no "show-stopping" issues but there is plenty of work ahead for us. We view aspects of this bill as a well-thought-out invitation to groups just like the FPV Freedom Coalition, inviting us to get involved and lend our expertise in ensuring the safety of the national airspace. This is a goal we share with the FAA and, more importantly, we eagerly accept the challenge.

DroneLife.com

Response to HR 302 Passing in the Senate

As most know at this point, the Senate has passed HR 302. The next stop is the White House to the desk of President Trump. Now is the time to get your letter to the president written and submitted so the voice of the FPV community can be heard. These are your skies, that should be free to use, to explore, and to enjoy. Protect that right!

While this may be seen as many as a setback, this does not mean that all is lost. We as a community need to come together and keep pushing forward. There are many areas in the FAA Reauthorization Act that have been left for the FAA to put to committee, develop guidelines, and to overall hammer out the details. We need to be the voices in their ear that help to shape those guidelines.

The FPV Freedom Coalition is still developing at a fast pace. We are determined to represent the FPV pilot, and to help raise the volume of your voice and to protect your access to the skies. We will continue to push, to fight, to shout, and to work with the community, the government, and the public to bring our hobby out from the shadows and into the light. We need your help to do that though, because through you, our mission comes full circle.

Our ask of the FPV community is simple…. Write your letters to the President, let him know why this is important to you. Share your stories, share your love of the hobby. Keep shouting from the rooftops if you have to, we are listening. Keep innovating, keep pushing your skills to the next level. Most importantly, keep flying!

We will keep you updated as more information comes out, so stay tuned.

We have a great, immersive, and educational hobby. Help us fight for that. Join the FPV Freedom Coalition!