Regulation ~FAA Tool–B4UFLY [I have an issue!], 01/07

Looks like a useful tool for drone operators, except parts do not make sense to me…


B4UFLY IconThe B4UFLY app provides model aircraft users with situational awareness and considers the user’s current or planned location in relation to operational restrictions to derive a specific status indicator. The color and shape coded status indicators inform the user if model aircraft operation is prohibited, requires the user to take certain actions, or if there are no FAA operating restrictions other than flying safely. All model aircraft operations must always yield the right-of-way to manned aircraft.

Key features include:
– Heads-Up Status View for quick “at-a-glance” review of current status
– Map Interface to plot nearby flight restrictions
– Planner Mode – an advanced user feature to “plan” for different flight locations and times
– More Info – helpful links for using the B4UFLY app and additional FAA resources

Airports: Recreational operators are required to give notice for flights within five miles of an airport to BOTH the airport operator and air traffic control tower, if the airport has a tower.

As helpful as I believe this app to be, I find some of its requirements do not make sense to me. At issue is the requirement to notify officials when operating a drone within 5 miles of an airport. That seems reasonable, except…

My comment on the FAA Regulation submitted to

IMG_9771.PNGI currently own a Parrot AR.Drone and operate it only in my backyard, and that below the top of my pine trees–35-40 feet in the air. I live within range of 5 airports. By FAA regulation, I am required to notify the airport operator and Air Traffic Control Tower when operating within 5 miles of an airport. I read that to do so each time I operate my drone.

This makes no sense and adds a burden to operators, airport staff, and ATCs. None of the aircraft from those airports fly near me and if they did, and my drone were to be an obstacle, they would crash into the trees before my drone.

It seems common sense should be used here. If I operate a drone below 400 feet or below surrounding obstacles and do so within 5 mile of an airport, then I should contact the agencies required by regulation.

I hope I have misinterpreted the regulation as I read it or that you will add text to reflect the reality of the topography and plant growth where a drone will be operated.

Please advise…

Thanks and thank you for B4UFLY.

James A Artis

Cycling ~ RANS Citi Crank Forward–Updated Cockpit [lights on], 11/01

Lighting my way…

Flickr Album–2015 RANS Citi Crank Forward [“Faye“]

Bicycle Safety: Injured bicyclists call for action

Editor’s note: CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates traffic deaths among New York City bicyclists on “Sanjay Gupta, MD,” this Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNN.

Our safety is important, as well as action taken against anyone who is at fault and injures or kills a cyclist. Law enforcement MUST provide equal protection for all vehicles on the road. a [bi]cycle is a vehicle. Cyclist are to obey the rules of the road. We are subject to severe injuries if hit. I urge you to watch the Dr. Gupta Special [10 minutes–7:45-7:55 a.m.] and read this article. Thanks! –jim

My Cycles ~ Trek Project One ~ Front Lighting, 04/14

Lights by DiNotte. Individual pictures in this flickr set.

Silk ~ lighting video, 08/04

So, what does Silk’s new turn signals & emergency/hazard flashers and her brake lights look like? Will Fargo’s lights look the same? Here is the video that will answer those questions. The lighting for Fargo is the same, except it will be positioned higher [on top of the cage].  Drivers will essentially see the same. My reference to front & rear brake in the video is incorrect [I had my quad on my mind.]. The left brake stops the left wheel and the right brake the right wheel [both front wheels on a tadpole trike]. Actuating either lever turns the brake lights on. Sorry!

Description as posted on YouTube:

This video shows a recumbent trike with running lights [amber front & red rear], plus lights used as turn signals and brake lights. The lightning is by DiNotte. Here we have a combination of 300L [running lights] on low steady and 140L for the turn signals and brake lights. Activating both turn signal at the same time functions as emergency/hazard flashers. Except for the coat of the lights [which I have accumulate over time]. it is a low-cost solution that uses bright lights. The 140L brake lights are on their brightest setting. The turn signal/emergency flasher is on the slowest flash. Details are in my blog at

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Silk ~ lighting update, 08/02


Well, you get the idea. It will take a video for you to see the brake lights, turn/hazard signals as they function. They work quite well. Now if my cabling had just come today so I could have tidied up beneath the trike. That will happen tomorrow.

CRW_1607.CRW CRW_1601.CRW

A few more pictures…

Fargo lights [stop, turn, hazard & running]

DiNotte Lighting I really like DiNotte Lighting. You may have noticed I use their lighting exclusively. I find them good for what I want, in terms of safety and function. I particularly appreciate DiNotte Customer Service. I currently have 2 new AA 140L lights and 2 much older 200L lights. DiNotte will equip me with 6 140L Li-Ion lights for the purpose I described in my earlier articles [2 exchanges & 2 trade-ins]. This precludes having to carry and charge AA batteries for lighting and thereby helps me streamline weight.

Related articles:

  1. Fargo ~ Mods & Tweaks [Lighting 1]
  2. Fargo ~ Mods & Tweaks [Lighting 2]
  3. Fargo ~ Mods & Tweaks [Lighting 3]