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 on: Today at 10:38:44 PM 
Started by FalconHatTrick - Last post by JoeTomasone
The FAA's movements all seem so strange at first glance. They want to regulate commercial drones so heavily, in the guise of safety, yet the hobbyists are granted incredible leeway.


That's Congress' fault.   In the Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, they mandated that "Notwithstanding any other provision of law relating to the incorporation of unmanned aircraft systems into Federal Aviation Administration plans and policies, including this subtitle, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft, or an aircraft being developed as a model aircraft" if it met certain conditions, which essentially are those rules that are currently in effect:

(1) the aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational use;

(2) the aircraft is operated in accordance with a community based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization;

(3) the aircraft is limited to not more than 55 pounds

(4) the aircraft is operated in a manner that does not interfere with and gives way to any manned aircraft;

(5) when flown within 5 miles of an airport, the operator of the aircraft provides the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport) with prior notice of the operation

(Some snipped for brevity)


They also defined a model aircraft:


the term ‘‘model aircraft’’ means an unmanned aircraft that is—

(1) capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere;
(2) flown within visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft; and
(3) flown for hobby or recreational purposes.


This gets even more complex when you consider "operated in accordance with a community based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization".  That's where a group like the AMA has laid out rules for their members to abide by for safety.   That's where limitations like avoiding human overflight, 400' altitude limit, and others come into play.   

...So add that all up, and you have the hobby rules.

The Taylor ruling argued successfully that requiring registration was a "rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft". 

Obviously, anything flown for non-hobby purposes does not fall under this section - hence the adoption of Part 107 for non-hobby UAS flight.


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 on: Today at 10:15:06 PM 
Started by FalconHatTrick - Last post by etodd
The FAA's movements all seem so strange at first glance. They want to regulate commercial drones so heavily, in the guise of safety, yet the hobbyists are granted incredible leeway.

So its obvious that 'safety' isn't really the issue here, or at least its not at the top of the list.

As someone who has been heavily involved in commercial aerial photography/video for over 17 years now, I've been watching all this closely. If you've seen the new online airspace maps for drones, its getting very detailed with little small squares. This is all about airspace. Amazon, FedEx, UPS and others have been heavily involved and lobbying both Congress and the FAA and others. This is all about carving out airspace for deliveries. Setting up no-fly zones for us 'small commercial drone operators" so the big dogs will own the lower airspace.

Watch for it.

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 on: Today at 10:05:24 PM 
Started by Ozzy - Last post by Ozzy
Well that's amazing! I didn't know your (old) squadron was using them too, it definitely seems a little more worth it now. I talked a little with Lt. Banning but there doesn't seem to be any activities going on that weekend (yet), he did say he would let me know if that changes but I'll definitely be in ATL from June 29th to the 2nd.

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 on: Today at 08:17:24 PM 
Started by deepblue1947 - Last post by Shawn W.
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That's how I did it way back in the day.  I remember it being about as stimulating

I did the ECI 13 in late 2001 or early 2002.... Talk about a mind numbing course.. and most of it didn't seem like it pertained at all to what we do in C.A.P.

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 on: Today at 06:40:23 PM 
Started by deepblue1947 - Last post by GaryVC
CAPP 50-7 (note the double Ps) came out in 2004. I wouldn't trust any statistics that old.

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 on: Today at 05:02:38 PM 
Started by FalconHatTrick - Last post by JoeTomasone
The drone rules for non-hobby flight are in flux right now.  The FAA has said that they plan to make changes to Part 107 this year. 

As for hobby flight, unless Congress changes the law, expect the registration to go away after any appeals and not much else.


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 on: Today at 04:09:40 PM 
Started by deepblue1947 - Last post by N6RVT
If you are currently a Captain, you have until August of 2018 (?) to be grandfathered to Major with only a Level 3. If you miss that date, you need Level 4. With your length of service as a Captain, and if you WANT to make Major, you've got about 14 months left to finish the requirements.

Your decision.
All I need is for a conference to happen during that time that I can actually get to.  However since all I need to do that that point is have my master logistics rating input to have level 4 done and be eligible under the new rules anyway, the time constraint really isn't an issue in my case.

But then..... I'm done.  I see no way under current conditions that I will ever make LTC.

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 on: Today at 03:30:59 PM 
Started by deepblue1947 - Last post by Chappie
In CAP, grade and PD advancement are separate and have no realistic (if not theoretic) correlation.  That said, if a member wants to take the time, they will take the time to progress.  It isn't that difficult. I did it while raising a family, starting and conducting my business, and enjoying a rewarding life apart from the organization.  I found the effort rewarding.  It expanded my circle of friends, and experiences.  I even learned a thing or two about CAP. There are reasons, and then there are excuses for not progressing.  In any event, IMHO, if you're motivated, you'll make it thru level 5.

Totally agree....almost same story word for word.    As a Chaplain when I joined in 1996--- all we had to do to advance to Lt Col was read two pamphlets and breathe (time-in-grade).  We were part of the "Special Recognition Program".  There were a few within our ranks that felt the if the Chaplain Corps was to be taken seriously in the area of professional development, that we needed to meet the same PD requirements as others (I received my GRW in 2001).  This change took place in 2008.  Until the change, we had chaplains who held the grade of Lt Col who had not progressed in their training past Level I!!!  Since then, chaplains serving at Group/Wing/Region and National levels need to attain the level of training commensurate with their grade/assignment.

I do not regret for one moment the hours/money etc spent as either a student or staff member in SLS/CLC/RSC-CCRSC/NSC or UCC.  It has allowed me the opportunity to see the "big picture" of CAP as well as interacting with some outstanding CAP members/leaders.  It is a sacrifice at time...but it is worth it personally and professionally.

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 on: Today at 03:15:09 PM 
Started by deepblue1947 - Last post by Eclipse
Next June or July will be a great time for Wings and Regions to run their conferences.

After August, however,  don't look for year-over-year attendance to increase.

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 on: Today at 02:33:46 PM 
Started by deepblue1947 - Last post by MacGruff
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I think the wing conferences are required for Major.  Its all I need, and I've been a Captain since 1986.
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Under the old regs, you needed Level 3 for Major and that Level was the one that required the conferences. Under the new reg you need Level 3 for Captain and Level 4 (!!) for Major.

If you are currently a Captain, you have until August of 2018 (?) to be grandfathered to Major with only a Level 3. If you miss that date, you need Level 4. With your length of service as a Captain, and if you WANT to make Major, you've got about 14 months left to finish the requirements.

Your decision.

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