I believe I can fly.
After I had seen all those online movies, with this beautiful flow that completely mesmerise you, I became fixed on the idea. I want to do that too. I want to fly!
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are not very cheap, one might say 'affordable', but certainly not 'cheap'. That's why I thought I was in the middle of a heart attack or some kind of anxiety syndrome after my my mind decided: 'yes, do it.'.
With my new camera drone, and a lot less money, I walked out of the store. My mood had changed to: 'anxiously excited'. Only half way home, my heartbeat went back to my baseline.
I just spent a heap of money on something that I might not actually like. One of those 'experiments'. But also a thing with great potential. All in all a pricey box of mixed emotions.
In the top three of 'tips before buying', there's one that suggests to: thoroughly check local rules and laws on the matter of flying a motorised machine through the sky. Good tip, as it turns out.
'Free as a bird' may be true for birds, it is not so true for machines that want to roam the sky. Sky traffic is heavily regulated, which is why planes rarely hit each other midair.
My home country, The Netherlands, though plural in name, is very small. The airspace above it, equally so.
This small airspace is used by an enormous amount of flying machines, that all have to abide by the rules. And now I have a machine that needs to follow those rules too.
Not exactly small either.
Officially, without a proper RPAS License, I'm allowed to use Class G airspace. Provided I follow some other, special rules and regulations, more like guidelines.
I looked up the map of the Dutch Airspace. It made me a little sad. As it turns out there is hardly any Class G airspace. And certainly not anywhere close to where I live. Looks like there’s enough space, not if you don’t have a car though...
Red tape will not keep my drone grounded. Next week, I will attend an information session about flying RPAS, organised by the Dutch Civil Aviation Authority. So let's figure out how much red tape there actually is!
To be continued.