Alan Perlman

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  1. Was complementing the many voices in this thread, all coming together to discuss a geeky industry / commercial sUAS operation question. The team is everyone here, in this thread and on this forum. The dream is why we're all here. To help push the drone industry forward and to have fun flying drones for fun and for profit in a safe and responsible manner.
  2. Team work makes the dream work.
  3. Well said, @Ed O'Grady.
  4. Thanks for starting off the discussion, @Av8Chuck. One question I'd like to raise is this - we have a very specific example of airspace we're talking about in this thread. Putting the firmware restriction aside, if this student is operating commercially under Part 107, from a regulatory perspective can he actually do so? First, I did a quick look using Airmap's airspace research software. Interestingly enough, and I should start a separate thread about this, it looks like their new beta software is a LOT easier to use and more relevant / sets better expectations than their existing one: https://beta.app.airmap.io/?utm_source=airmap_com So when I do a search for Starke, Florida, I see a bunch of "special use" airspace that lines up with what we're seeing in the DJI app screenshots, but no designation / details beyond that. As a reminder to those certified Part 107 pilots out there, "Special Use" airspace can mean many different types, like Prohibited, Restricted, Warning, Military Operations, Alert, and Controlled Firing areas. It's always a good idea to consult the actual Sectional Chart, as I have yet to find a software that pulls in the details you need to properly verify what's going on. So I open up the Sectional Chart. I used SkyVector.com, navigate to Starke, Florida and found a code for restricted airspace, R-2903-A. I then looked at the border of the Sectional Chart and found out more information: Unless I'm missing something, the student seemingly has a legal right to fly in this restricted airspace when it's not in use. I hope someone can push back / clarify this. So the question(s) then becomes, during those hours where the student CAN fly, does the DJI software automatically adjust? Should it? If the student uses something like this Russian software company to get around the no-flight zone, what are the considerations around that? Like you said, @Av8Chuck, this is a hot topic indeed.
  5. Hi all! Just got a great email from one of our students and wanted to post here. Thought it'd be fun to crowdsource an answer / start a discussion around this very hot topic given DJI's recent firmware update: I have a problem...perhaps you can help me since you are well connected in the drone industry. I live in Starke, Florida. About 10 miles from my house is Camp Blanding (Air Force and National Guard Training facility). Of course, flying around the base is a "no-no", which is to be expected. However, I live roughly 10 miles away and I have never had a problem with flying my DJI Phantom 4 or Mavic Pro until this last DJI Firmware update for their Geo-Fencing. My whole city is now in a NFZ! The B4UFly app below even shows that I am "good-to-go" with flying. Here is the screen capture from my Mavic Pro of DJI's new Geo-Fencing with the NFZ being in RED. At the very top below the "Atti" graphic is Jacksonville's International Airport (JAX) and it's appropriate NFZ area. Almost directly south of JAX airport on the river is one of the military bases in Jacksonville. The HUGE Red NFZ in the bottom left side is my small town of Starke. With DJI's latest firmware update, I now have lost all of my ability to fly commercially for local Car Dealerships and other business that want my services. Below, the red triangle with the purple circle is my house. I'm roughly 3/10ths of a mile from being out of this over-reaching NFZ. Is there ANYTHING that I can do to have DJI change this crazy NFZ since the FAA themselves say that's it's okay to fly in my City and at my house? Of course, I love both of my DJI drones....but this is so bad that I'm considering other companies for future purchases. I really do appreciate what they are doing with the Geo-fencing and I can see the benefit in having it. However, when the FAA says the area is okay to fly....the DJI software should say the same thing!! They should mirror exactly what the FAA puts out....not add more to it.
  6. Thanks for sharing that tip, @Av8Chuck. @RTV, Inc. - Jay, thanks again for hosting us. Enjoyed chatting with your team and looking forward to the next one!
  7. Whoop whoop!
  8. Really enjoyed this article @Kara Murphy! Drafting you an email over the weekend per our conversation a few days ago Enjoy the move!
  9. This. Is. A beautiful house! That has its own waterfall! What a treat it must have been to put this together. Some very cool shots, and overall just a warm and dreamy YOU SHOULD PROBABLY BUY THIS UNBELIEVABLE PLACE kind of vibe. I would love this if I were trying to sell this house. Very well done. I think my favorite shot is at 1:56, where you're "Stepping Back In Time" and going backwards down the road. Thanks for sharing! Do you like using Matterport 3D? Seems really fun.
  10. Here’s a real-world example of Class C Airspace Authorization paperwork, issued directly from the FAA: http://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Class-C-Airspace-Authorization.pdf
  11. I doubt they did. It was likely a miscommunication. Would be a good infographic / report to see the breakdown of how many waivers have been issued in what category. Airspace authorization requests as well, but there's no database / transparency there like there is with the waivers.
  12. @Steve Bennett Looks like 978 waivers have been issued as of 6/13/17, mostly Daylight Operations. https://www.faa.gov/uas/request_waiver/waivers_granted/
  13. Hey @PLKetchum, it sounds like you applied for a WAIVER and not AIRSPACE AUTHORIZATION. Here's the distinction on the form itself: Why the FAA chose to combine both processes into one form is beyond me, but they're actually two different requests. We do our best to break down the difference in this free FAA airspace authorization guide. This is a far-too-common thing, so you shouldn't feel bad about doing it. There just needs to be more education around this. If I were you, I'd reapply and ask for "airspace authorization" by checking the first box and not the second one. And I'd encourage you to ask others in this thread to review any language you create for the two open form fields, proposed area of operations, and description of your proposed operation. Hope that helps!
  14. I don't think the FAA has updated this yet. There's a chance they've removed this question from their database, but if it shows up on your test I'd answer it as if the most recent court regulation didn't happen. They haven't updated their study guide or official materials anywhere else yet.
  15. I'd apply again. There's a chance you checked the wrong box or filled it out the first time incorrectly, but it's really hard to say what happened. Class D authorizations aren't taking that long anymore...usually just a few weeks before you hear something back. There's a dedicated support line / email address for UAS: https://www.faa.gov/uas/contact/. Also, here's an FAA airspace authorization guide we put together that might be helpful.