This is the topic heading of this thread:I would like to know one single regulation that is being broken by flying at 1/2 mile, let alone 'every FAA regulation in the book'. I am aware of a *recommendation* for maintaining LOS, that needless to say was written decades before the idea of flying FPV came about, let alone the high-reliability long-range HD signal feeds we have today. In addition, the GPS return-to-home feature is a game-changer -- in the past if your aircraft went behind a hill and you lost orientation, it was almost certainly gone.
Do you not agree that with these two critical new technologies available in each of these aircaft, that flying out of LOS is no longer to be considered an irresponsible behaviour? I have been flying RC airplanes since the mid 90's and would never dream of flying out of sight back then, but the technologies available today have changed all that.
I have read your post about max altitude, and I understand what you are saying about flying in vertical, unpopulated environments. There is always a trade off between getting the shot/footage and pushing the boundary of safety. I could care less about damage to property, but when the exercise of getting dramatic footage impinges on the privacy or safety of others, there is a price to pay for all of us involved in this (what? hobby? avocation? profession? take your pick). Flying beyond line of sight (both visual and radio transmission) is bound to entail greater risk of eventual mishap than keeping the drone in sight and being able to react to a potential collision with another aircraft, manned or otherwise. With literally hundreds of thousands if not eventually millions of UAVs in the hands of inexperienced owners, the odds of an unintended consequence increase exponentially. Self restraint is difficult, but if we don't do everything in our power to educate and restrain those who would unreasonably push the limits of this technology, who will? I hope it's not the FAA.You can see my post from earlier today in another thread here: Max flight altitude Inspire1. A primary purpose I had when buying a P2 was to recon existing and new canyons on mountainsides for the sport of canyoning. For my purposes, the flights are in the wilderness, within a few hundred feet AGL but much higher than take off point, and also a long ways from take off point. In addition to those flights, I live in rural California and routinely fly over the sparsely populated land near my house.
I commonly see the two issues of AGL height and presence of LOS amalgamated, but they are not one and the same. My post earlier in this thread was discussing the topic of LOS, and long range flights can be completed without ever encroaching on the 400' ceiling recommendation.
As far as clearing the airspace for other aircraft, I would think that the risk for any aircraft flying at low levels would be similar to a birdstrike (although Inspire1 class MR's are starting to get a lot heavier than the 3lb P2). But honestly, I think the real safety issues aren't about the ability for the MR to clear airspace around it (or be seen and subsequently avoided by manned aircraft), but from a hardware failure causing it to crash on people on the ground. Those who fly over sporting events and other large crowds are causing a much higher risk of incident or injury to others, than those who fly to 5000'. (I am not saying I condone the latter, but that type of activity seems to be where most of the discussion is focused).
I fail to see the "need" or even the desire (unless fueled by excess testosterone) to fly higher and farther. Stretching the limits is a) foolhardy, b) looking to give regulatory bodies reason to shut us all down, and c) Just Plain Stupid and a sop to your evidently suffering ego. Please Fly Safe, Fly Sensibly.Can we boost this baby? Maybe different antennas?
And to quote Dr. Suess: "Don't let children play with adult toys." There's aways somebody that has to push the limits and screw it for everybody else. That's how Preparation H stays in business. Freaking Inspire 1 hasn't been out a month yet, rather than just enjoying it for what it does do (which is totally amazing in and of itself), people already want to push it past its limits.Just want to point out that at 20 miles the minimum altitude the Inspire would have to fly at to receive a LOS signal is 300+ ft. That's ideally, with no obstructions of any kind, like trees, buildings, etc.
What you're hoping to be able to do is fly your drone way beyond visual contact. Hell, even at 1/2 mile, the Inspire will be a tiny dot in the sky, and you'll be relying on the video feed to orient yourself. You'll also be breaking every FAA regulation in the book (at least in the US; most other countries have similar rules).
This not a toy that you can use without worrying about dangerous consequences if you lose control of it. Thoughtless use will eventually result in someone getting hurt or worse, and I fear for all of us if that happens, because the public will demand that the FAA shut us down, period.
To quote Spiderman's uncle: "With great power comes great responsibility."
And then chasing a cop car too..wow.Allthough I like the video,wonder why people doint things like this above populated area's.All I see is houses with people in gardens and cars going arpond.If I would do this where I'm living,cops will show up after complaining people.For sure.
Btw I think these pilots can fly,but these kind of things will not help to get our hobby going on.