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FAA study shows real pilots do not make better UAV pilots

Discussion in 'News' started by sbarton, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. sbarton

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    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOzCiCl05Ec[/youtube]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOzCiCl05Ec&t=24m28s

    Fast forward to 24minutes 28seconds.

    "FAA studies shows that pilot with real flight experience in manned aircraft actually makes worse UAV pilots than those with no flight experience... They bring in a skill set they don't need and a set of expectations they shouldn't have when flying a UAV."

    So why does the FAA want to require a pilots license in order to operate one commercially?

    -Scott
     
  2. Souper1211

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    Re: FAA study shows real pilots do not make better UAV pilot

    That's quite interesting. I think the reason behind the proposed pilots license rule is because it's an easy way to make sure everyone flying them knows the rules.
     
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    Re: FAA study shows real pilots do not make better UAV pilot

    They are saying it's required by 49 USC§ 44711 -- which states the following:

    In one of the petitions the FAA approved on 12/10/14, the company petitioning for requested relief from that requirement. Here is what the FAA said:

    There is no pilot certificate for flying a UAV. So, I don't know why the FAA is pointing fingers at 49 USC§ 44711.
     
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    Re: FAA study shows real pilots do not make better UAV pilot

    This is not an FAA rule. It's the law.
     
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    Re: FAA study shows real pilots do not make better UAV pilot

    And it gives them a means to sanction pilots they think are unsafe. They can revoke your airman's certificate.
     
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    Re: FAA study shows real pilots do not make better UAV pilot

    Kind of sort of on/off topic......As a long time RC helicopter pilot....not very good, but long time.....with the knowledge and skill it requires to fly rc helis, I've always had the belief it would be easier for rc pilot to fly a real helicopter than it would be a real heli pilot to fly rc.
    Just a lazy day sitting in my Christmas bliss making observation..... :)
     
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    Re: FAA study shows real pilots do not make better UAV pilot

    Pilot of 20 years, my $.002 is that it's all bs. The government wants to regulate everything. They make money. Regulate all you want, try enforcing it. I feel very strongly about "regulation" when it means nothing. Big brother wants to keep an eye -or at least present the notion to the general public that they're on top of it or in control when in fact they're not . Just as the TSA is as worthless as tits on a bull so is the promise of regulating drones and drone use. Most can build them in this basement with parts purchased freely anywhere and fly them ,unregulated anywhere ,anytime from their backyard to distances spanning tens of miles at altitudes in the tens of thousands.
    Their regulation is a show but a costly one for rc and drone enthusiasts. Just as in gun regulation drone regulation will entail burdening those of us who are legal and lawful already and will fail miserably in preventing those who would have broken the law anyway from breaking the "law".
     
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    Re: FAA study shows real pilots do not make better UAV pilot

    Pilot for 46 years, RC pilot for 41. I learned to fly, then had a long period in which I didn't really do any flying. Got into RC during that time. Then I got back into flying big time and put on over 1700 hours in general aviation aircraft including building a couple of homebuilts. Did do occasional RC during that time. I don't really think the two can be compared. Flying "real" airplanes employs "seat of the pants" - physical feedback, not just visual. Flying RC is all visual. The closest you come to RC in piloting an airplane is when you are on instruments, when you have to trust what you are seeing, not what you are feeling.
    I'm a good Pilot, a pretty good RC Pilot. But, I am absolutely horrible at video simulated flying (x-box, Windows Flight Sim, etc.)
    I am beginning to get the hang of FPV with my Phantom 2, but I think, as a "real" pilot I am somewhat held back.
    So, I will say the FAA study is probably right, I think the learning curve for UAV pilots is longer if they are "real" pilots first.
    However, I think the years of training and experience of "real" pilots gives them an edge over the guy who opens up the box and takes off with his Phantom. We are trained to be more careful, think about what we are doing and look for other aircraft and stay out of their way. So, I think that some kind of training for UAV pilots is inevitable, but there definitely should NOT be a requirement for a "real pilot's certificate" - even for commercial operation of a UAV.
     
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    Re: FAA study shows real pilots do not make better UAV pilot

    All flying be it real or rc requires a skill set. All require safety be applied with the nod going towards the real plane/helicopter pilots because of the passengers/size/possible ground damage and such. Clearly the real flying pilots should be licensed without exception.
    I feel there are just too too many regulations for the regulators to try and blend the requirements/regulations for real aircraft pilots and rc pilots. It's crazy and too complex which is why there are so many discussions going on about this rule applying to this and that rule applying to this yet this rule doesn't really have anything to do with anything other than it got shoved through some over burdened system and became a law or whatever you'd like to call it.

    Make rules/regulations for real aircraft. FINE, we should all be able to agree to this. BUT have a completely separate and removed set of rules/regulations for radio controlled. The masses will never understand or follow a complicated amalgam of regulations for there new hobby shop bought flying machine.....their going to open the box and fly screaming yeehaw!

    Granted the buying public needs to know the "rules" and safety concerns and except the responsibility's associated with their new flying machine. Somehow get these "rc" regulations in their hands so they will be informed.

    Just 2 more cents worth
     
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    Re: FAA study shows real pilots do not make better UAV pilot

    Yeah, I have to agree. Funny stuff though! :lol:
     
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    Re: FAA study shows real pilots do not make better UAV pilot

    They're (the FAA) also gonna want collision avoidance systems, you know they are. Might not be right away, but soon.