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  1. The FAA is doing their best to kill the FPV hobby in the USA. Based on their latest interpretation of the model aircraft rules, using FPV goggles to pilot a model aircraft is illegal effective June-23-2014. The FAA insists that the pilot must have unobstructed view of the model aircraft during flight. Beginning June-25-2014, the public has 30 days to provide their comments on this disturbing gov action. Here's the FAA's own words that specifically precludes Goggles: By definition, a model aircraft must be “flown within visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft.” P.L. 112-95, section 336©(2).1 Based on the plain language of the statute, the FAA interprets this requirement to mean that: (1) the aircraft must be visible at all times to the operator; (2) that the operator must use his or her own natural vision (which includes vision corrected by standard eyeglasses or contact lenses) to observe the aircraft; and (3) people other than the operator may not be used in lieu of the operator for maintaining visual line of sight. Under the criteria above, visual line of sight would mean that the operator has an unobstructed view of the model aircraft. To ensure that the operator has the best view of the aircraft, the statutory requirement would preclude the use of vision-enhancing devices, such as binoculars, night vision goggles, powered vision magnifying devices, and goggles designed to provide a “first-person view” from the model. Here's the official document (released June 23 2014): http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/uas/media/model_aircraft_spec_rule.pdf And their press release about this (released June 23 2014): http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=16474 Please help save our hobby and submit your comments to the FAA: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2014-0396
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