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Sep 03, 2020, 10:04 AM
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I'm looking to chart a path from 0 to 100. I want to know where I'm going before diving in. I've been reading as much as I can and am at the point where it's probably best to just ask rather than feeling around in the dark. I understand the FPV questions would be better handled by the FPV forum. Any advice and perspective is appreciated.

What FPV and RC equipment would you recommend for eventually flying at a 4 mile radius? (This is the distance around my property that I could maintain LOS.)

What air frames would be ideal for providing the stability for aerial photography (GoPro or the like) and the flight time to cover my home area? I don't care about going fast or doing maneuvers.

What's an air frame that would be a good stepping stone for a beginner toward that goal?

If I want to eventually carry heavier equipment (larger cameras and radio equipment), what sort of air frames are recommended for that scenario?

What sort of electronics are recommended for peace of mind, or in other words, cheap insurance?

Which frequencies are most common for FPV and RC airplanes?

What's the advantage of getting a ham license for this hobby?

How does the FCC regulate this hobby outside of the ham bands?

I see many people in this hobby have their FAA part 107 certificate as well as amateur radio license. Isn't that a contradiction since the ham license is strictly for non commercial use and part 107 is explicitly for commercial use?

If I get a 107 certificate, will I be able to successfully request waivers from the FAA to fly above 400 feet AGL?

Under what circumstances could I legally fly beyond my LOS?

Isn't it impossible to maintain LOS while wearing FPV goggles?

My home area often has low flying airplanes. If I'm not allowed above 400ft AGL, are they prohibited below 400ft AGL?

How is the LAANC useful for RC/FPV flying?

How are NOTAMs useful for RC/FPV?

I checked the B4UFLY app in a local park. It says I'm good to go but I know in fact there is a busy hospital heli pad less than a mile away. Practically speaking, how do I avoid collisions in uncontrolled airspace?

Barring expense, what other means are available for avoiding air collisions?

I've seen hundreds of youtube videos displaying apparent violations of the regulations as I understand them. Most common it seems is flying low over non participants and flying well above 400AGL. Does this culture of flouting regulation worry you?

Why is it easier to fill out paperwork for "drone" registration than to actually understand the rules that keep people safe?

I've seen in the news threats to mandate every RC flight system to upload GPS location to the internet during flights. Are mainstream companies like DJI behind these regulations to stifle their competition?

What other questions should I be asking?
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Sep 03, 2020, 02:47 PM
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If you have never flown an RC airplane and you are doing this on your own , I recommend the following : learn to crawl before you learn to walk before you learn to run .

If you would like a good trainer for teaching yourself to fly RC LOS , I'll be happy to make some recommendations .
Sep 03, 2020, 07:38 PM
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would it be easier to get to 100 with a quadcopter?
Sep 04, 2020, 07:15 AM
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Your airframe questions are answered with a quadcopter. There are several brands available that can fly a programmed route but the best known brand is DJI and their Mavic series.
Sep 04, 2020, 08:34 AM
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Your airframe questions are answered with a quadcopter. There are several brands available that can fly a programmed route but the best known brand is DJI and their Mavic series.
Not interested in quadcopters.
Sep 04, 2020, 10:39 AM
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pick up a little 4 ch epp trainer just to get a feel. a hundred bucks can teach you a lot, get you from 0 to 50 ish

or for a little more money, an apprentice. much larger, closer to what you'll wind up on at 100, but easy to fly and learn on.
Sep 04, 2020, 01:04 PM
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If you want to frequently fly and survey your property, a quadcopter is not your best bet.
I'ld get a fixed wing long range and flying time like:
https://www.foxtechfpv.com/industria...-aircraft.html
Sep 05, 2020, 05:51 PM
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If you want to frequently fly and survey your property, a quadcopter is not your best bet.
I'ld get a fixed wing long range and flying time like:
https://www.foxtechfpv.com/industria...-aircraft.html
If that's 100 then what's 75?

If anyone has any input on any of the other 20 questions it would be very much appreciated.
Sep 06, 2020, 07:28 AM
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Just exactly are you attempting to do? If you are trying to do an accurate aerial survey of your property it would be best to hire a professional. It will be cheaper in the long run and you will end up with documents that will stand up to legal challenge. Currently there are two levels to aerial photography and survey, hobby grade and professional. I don't know of anything between the two.

As to what role the FCC plays, they are guardians of the radio spectrum and certify equipment radiating radio frequencies. The equipment used to send, and in many cases recieve. radio frequency energy must meet standards set by them to prevent unwanted interference to other users of radio spectrum. The FAA is responsible for controlling the airspace so anything leaving the ground in controlled flight falls under their pervue.
Sep 06, 2020, 02:52 PM
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If that's 100 then what's 75?

If anyone has any input on any of the other 20 questions it would be very much appreciated.
This forum is : "Beginner Training Area (Aircraft-Electric)" , I recommend getting a trainer and learning to fly LOS ( learning to walk ) . If you want , I'll be happy to make recommendations .

For questions about FPV , there is a general forum with several sub-forums : https://www.rcgroups.com/aircraft-electric-fpv-861/
Sep 06, 2020, 06:05 PM
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Just exactly are you attempting to do?
I'm trying to learn about rc planes and how to operate them safely...
Sep 06, 2020, 07:32 PM
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If you are trying to learn about RC then why all the talk about surveying your land, long distance flites and the like? Suffice it to say if you use good, name brand radios, receivers and airframes you won't have issues. The FAA requirements are not all law yet and if you belong to an association such as the AMA and follow their rules you are less likely to run into issues. The key issue will always be encroaching controlled airspace near an airport and exceeding the 400 foot ceiling.
Sep 06, 2020, 08:18 PM
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If you are trying to learn about RC then why all the talk about surveying your land, long distance flites and the like?
Never said anything about surveying but that does sound interesting. Is 4 miles long distance?
Sep 06, 2020, 08:47 PM
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i would argue anything beyond line of sight
Sep 20, 2020, 02:48 PM
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Get a simple medium to larger high winged trainer model with four channel controls, get AMA membership/insurance, register with FAA and put label with name ,phone #. AMA, and FAA
numbers on it .Get help learning to takeoff, fly and land safely. After that you can mount FPV equipment on your trainer.


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