Flighting Thoughts

Last night I was wondering:

"How far off the ground would you have to get before the FAA (in the US) decided to "regulate your behind"?

And then I thought, they're not regulating the altitude, but the technology, right? Like back in the day (the 80's or whatever), you didn't need a license for an ultralight, but you did for a conventional craft...

And then tonight I thought "You know, the government does care regardless". If something falls out of the sky and kills someone, no amount of insurance will bring that life back. So the citizens wouldn't stand for it and neither would the government.

So there has to be laws preventing someone from flying 50-100 ft off the ground to work in a craft they built themselves without a whole slew of paperwork and proving stuff (if allowed at all). (I'm reminded of a guy at a sci-fi convention who wanted to build his own spacecraft and said he'd have to do this in international waters because of laws... same reason I guess... It'd be interesting to see where his project is now)

Yeah, you'd have to work on the technology, but while you're doing that, you'd have to be also finding out what the laws are (what you need a license for and don't... what you need insurance for and don't... what needs inspections and what doesn't... where you can fly and where you can't... etc, etc, etc... It might even come down to localities. A town should be able to say "You can't do this above us", right?)

In any event, _NOBODY_ is going to let me do what I'd sorta like to do unless I change jobs. Fly from home to work in a craft built by onesself. I work in Washington DC :-D
ILoveMarie ILoveMarie
1 Response Jul 9, 2010

I'm not sure I'd -want- to do this anymore if I changed jobs... This isn't much because of the job, but what part of DC I'd be landing in... What a rush it be to land a homebuilt craft -there- of all places...