heisan wrote:Just a few minor corrections:
Kites are in fact regulated:C2H5OH wrote:...And yet after and while the potential for such incidents remain to this day it never spurred legislation.
Nearly 20 years later you can still walk on beaches today and find dozens of large kites being flown in close proximity to each other and people.andOperation of line-controlled kites
94.06.10 Line-controlled kites are exempted from these regulations –
(a) except from regulation 94.05.1; and
(b) provided that no line-controlled kite shall be flown –
(i) higher than 150 feet above the surface;
(ii) from or above a public road; or
(iii) on the approaches to any aerodrome licensed or approved in terms of Part 139 of these regulations, unless with the prior approval of the Director and on conditions determined by him or her.
... not sure if a busy beach would count as an 'open air assembly of persons' - but it may just be that flying a kite on aa busy beach is actually illegal.94.05.1 (1) Unless granted permission by the Director or the organisation designated for the purpose in terms of Part 149, as the case may be, on a case-by-case basis, a non-type certificated aircraft may not be flown –
(a) by night;
(b) in meteorological conditions less than those prescribed as suitable for flight under VFR;
(c) within controlled airspace, unless cleared by and on conditions prescribed by ATC; or
(d) within 5 NM from the aerodrome reference point of an aerodrome, licensed or approved in terms of Part 139 of these regulations and situated in Class G airspace, unless established unmanned aerodrome procedures for the particular aerodrome can be adhered to; or
(e) unless unavoidable, over built up areas and open-air assemblies of persons except for the purpose of take-off, transit and landing.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of sub-regulation (1) a non-type certificated aircraft may operate under IFR conditions by day if it has been granted permission in terms of Regulation 24.02.3(3) of these Regulations.
3) Notwithstanding the provisions of sub-regulation (1)(e), paragliders and hangliders, and powered versions thereof, may fly over built up areas provided they are foot-launched.
Actually, for unlicensed operators, that is 150', or below the highest obstacle in a 300m radius.As for sharing space with manned aviation - its pretty simple they shouldn't - the law already states flying a drone above 400f is illegal.
These items about kites are actually pieces of legislation I have NEVER seen or heard of in my life, and thats with living on the beach for most of my life. Mostly because flying a kite does not commercially affect long existing way of doing things, despite it being archaic and outdated in some ways.... Essentially its not poking the giant sleeping bear so to speak...
I can walk into a store, without a license buy a kite and start flying it. Although same as with drones, not very well to begin with and build up skills to be a good flyer and learn some hard lessons.
However the amount of kitesurfers I see in and around Virginia airport flying is staggering, but no threat to an industry thus no major media around the breach of legislation and publicly debated topic that sends people in two very distinctive directions...
Just my 2 cents...
I have voiced my opinion quite extensively previously on this thread before. But again, I am for the need of the Law, but not the way it is in any way shape or form.. except for training, I agree this is very good and needed hands-on experience about safety and professionalism to actually piloting a UAV, nothing to do with business side of UAVs... Just pure safety, airmanship and professionalism.