Alan Perlman

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  1. Greetings from the Hudson Valley

    Yes, we just released an updated version of our Part 107 test prep and training course and sent an email to our students about it a couple of weeks ago. We'll be sunsetting the original course (shutting it down) at the end of this month, but for now you'll see two versions of the course in your account. Click the one with the longer title to see the newest version of our curriculum. Shoot me an email at if you have any other questions, thanks, @Tom Duggan! Alan
  2. AirMap and local regs

    Some good investigative work @Artax017, thanks for sharing with us all.
  3. New to MAVIC Pro

    Welcome, @MAVPP1, I'm in Nashville, TN. Let us know what questions you have / where we can point you in the right direction.
  4. Can I bring you all up to speed?

    Welcome, @Bryanne! Let us know where we can help. We all start somewhere.
  5. NATE/OSHA Certification Drone Tower Inspection Training

    Thanks for sharing, let us know how the training goes!
  6. The Five Benefits of Being a Drone Pilot

    Thanks for sharing!
  7. Hi folks! Got an email today and wanted to share with you all. This is an opportunity to bid to provide UAS services to the Department of Interior. -- FYI, the U.S. Department of the Interior's solicitation for Interagency Call-When-Needed Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) services went live on Friday, January 26th (response date: February 26, 2018). "The intent of the Government in this solicitation is to award multiple, indefinite delivery – indefinite quantity Call When Needed (CWN) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) services to support wildland fire operations, search and rescue (SAR), emergency management, and other resource missions." This solicitation is aligned with the approach contained in the DOI UAS Integration Strategy (2015-2020), located on the DOI UAS homepage. Each aircraft will be fully contractor-operated and maintained. Contractor services include provision of the required UAS, personnel, and all other associated equipment to perform the required services as prescribed in this solicitation. The Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract has one Base Year with Four 1-year Option Periods. Specific questions regarding this solicitation should be directed to James Marvin at the Interior Business Center, Acquisition Services Directorate at
  8. Skydio

    Ooh, good list! Thanks
  9. My Favorite Drone Podcasts

    My man! Didn't know that's how you found us. That's awesome
  10. Skydio

    Mine too. What else do you listen to? I like Pat Flynn's SPI podcast. I like Tim Ferriss and Mark Maron for their long-form interviews.
  11. Skydio

    Was listening to this last night. I enjoyed Jason Calacanis' book, Angel and have been listening to a lot of his episodes recently. Skydio's hypothesis and approach are interesting. I wish I could snap my fingers to see where this is all going. Need some time to evaluate their technology to understand how much better it is than what's out there / where I think it could be used outside of rock climbing, snowboarding, etc. Given how bad GoPro is doing right now, I wouldn't want to mimic their model and market approach. Curious what other use cases emerge and how they'll continue to justify the high price point.
  12. DJI phone app logs for FAA

    Amen to that
  13. Best sUAS conference for commercial pilots?

    +1 to everything @AeroKate said. Interdrone is a great show! Here's an article we published a few months ago that you might enjoy:
  14. DJI phone app logs for FAA

    Sure, but the point of @Kraig Kern's questions was to ask about flight logging best practices. I was using existing FAA language to demonstrate how logging is traditionally perceived by the powers at be and what best practices to be following. I stand by my response that simply using the DJI software to log flights isn't nearly enough. Regardless of whether or not logbooks are a requirement or suggestion, logging flights is an essential component of professional sUAS operations.
  15. Part 107 Renewals

    The keyword here is rumor
  16. Part 107 Renewals

    Not sure this is the right thread to be asking that question. Short answer is yes, you can apply for a waiver. More information below: As an FAA-certified remote pilot under the Part 107 regulations, you may find yourself needing to apply for Airspace Authorization or a Waiver. They are two different things! FAADroneZone First, if you haven’t done so already, make sure to set up your account and Part 107 dashboard at FAADroneZone. You’ll use that dashboard to register your sUAS models, to apply for and to track Airspace Authorization and Waiver applications, and (hopefully you won’t ever have to do this, but also) to report accidents. According to FAADroneZone: When applying for airspace authorization. “Use this to request access to controlled airspace. An airspace authorization is the mechanism by which an operator may seek Air Traffic Control (ATC) approval to operate in controlled airspace. Authorizations can be for a specific location or for broad areas governed by a single ATC jurisdiction.” When applying for an airspace waiver. Use this to request a waiver from 14 C.F.R. 107.41. Airspace Waivers may be issued where the applicant can demonstrate safety mitigations through equipage, technology and or operational parameters that their UAS can safely operate in controlled airspace without seeking ATC authorization prior to each operation. Processing times for airspace waivers are significantly longer than processing times for airspace authorizations. Let’s unpack that a little bit more. Airspace Authorization You’ll learn more about controlled airspace in the next module, but controlled airspace requires an extra level of sensitivity for all parties involved. There’s more traffic and a higher level of risk. So even with your Part 107 certificate, if you need to operate in Class A, B, C, D, or E controlled airspace, you’ll need to get permission. Want to learn more about airspace authorizations and how to apply for them? We put together a step-by-step airspace authorization guide and update it regularly as the FAA continues to improve this process. Waiver The most common waiver application asks for permission to be exempt from the 107.29 Daylight operation rules so the operator can fly at night. Other waiverable regulations include many of the rules of which you’re now familiar with: 107.25 Operations from a moving vehicle or aircraft 107.29 Daylight operation 107.31 Visual line of sight aircraft operation 107.33 Visual observer 107.35 Operation of multiple small unmanned aircraft (At the moment, under the standard provisions of Part 107, a remote PIC is not allowed to simultaneously operate more than one small UA at a time. Even with the use of fancy automation, the operation of multiple small UA is not permitted without a waiver.) 107.37(a) Operation near aircraft 107.39 Operation over people 107.51(a) Operating limitations: ground speed 107.51(b) Operating limitations: altitude 107.51(c) Operating limitations: minimum visibility 107.51(d) Operating limitations: minimum distance from clouds The application must contain a complete description of the proposed operation and a justification, including supporting data and documentation (as necessary) that establishes that the proposed operation can safely be conducted under the terms of a CoW. CoW stands for ‘Certificate of Waiver.’ The FAA will only approve your Waiver application when it has been determined that the proposed operation can be safely conducted under the terms of that waiver. So make sure to read the instructions and the performance-based standards and to be thoughtful in your application! The FAA says it will strive to complete review and adjudication of Waivers within 90 days; however, the time required for the FAA to make a determination regarding waiver requests will vary based on the complexity of the request and the FAA resources available. The amount of data and analysis required as part of the application will be proportional to the specific relief that is requested. If a Waiver is granted, that certificate may include specific special provisions designed to ensure that the sUAS operation may be conducted as safely as one conducted under the provisions of Part 107.
  17. Best sUAS conference for commercial pilots?

    The three big ones in the U.S. are: InterDrone XPONENTIAL Commercial UAV Expo
  18. Part 107 Renewals

    Yah, this'll be interesting. I suspect a similar $150 recurrent test, but testing on fewer concepts. Curious if it'll be 60 questions, or a new SKU of 40 or 50. This slide was from a presentation at the 2017 FAA UAS Symposium.
  19. Where in LA Area (San Pedro / Whittier) can I fly?

    Found this as well:
  20. Flying a Drone on Kauai

    Hi folks! Will be traveling to Kauai in April 2018 and plan to bring my DJI Mavic Air. This would be Part 107 flying. I wanted to crowdsource my research a bit, as so far I'm finding a lot of out-of-date info on various websites and want to do as much due diligence as possible before the trip. So here's where I'm at so far. The Class D airspace is pretty easy to spot. And I read that I'm not allowed to fly in Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. Just wanted to do a gut check and make sure I wasn't missing anything. Also, any good places you'd recommend to fly? Can't wait to explore the island, both from ground and from air
  21. Flying a Drone on Kauai

    Aloha @JBR LIFE Photography, thanks for the tips! Do you either you or @JDH know - If I was in the water, off the coast of a State Park like the NaPali coastline, and I were to take off from a sea kayak or small boat, is that permissible? Not sure I've come across this particular airspace situation before. Even so, I'd need to do a lot more research on normal helicopter traffic in the area. I could imagine getting some great low shots in the 50-100 ft. AGL range. @JDH, that's interesting (but not surprising I suppose) to hear about the lack of enforcement. Would love to connect with your son to learn more about safe / fun / legal places to fly on Kauai. I have about 3-4 days and am crossing my fingers for good weather and the opportunity to explore the island and fly where I can. Thanks for hopping into this thread. My email is
  22. DJI phone app logs for FAA

    Hey @Kraig Kern, best of luck on your test. You have a lot of options when it comes to flight operations management, specifically logging your flights, your aircraft maintenance and equipment like battery cycles. Here's a list of tools we put together over here that might be helpful: The official rule is: Pretty ambiguous. I did some digging on Wikipedia and found this: I hopped into CFR Title 14 §61.51 paragraph b to double-check what was being said here: So while basic flight / telemetry data from the DJI software is helpful, it doesn't fully satisfy the FAA's expectation when it comes to logging flight. Hope this helps!
  23. Wholeheartedly agree with this, @MMCompton. And thanks for kicking off the discussion. I think we'll continue to see tension between federal and local rules for quite some time. That's a whole separate discussion With your Part 107 certificate, remember that you're able to decide at the beginning of the mission whether or not it's a recreational mission or a commercial mission. You can't mix-and-match rules, but it's nice to be given that choice if you're choosing to practice in your own backyard or a public park and happen to be, for example, in controlled airspace. It's a strange standard that's being set. And it's not just the regulations themselves, but the enforcement / oversight of those regulations. I think that's what's setting a stronger message. At least everyone who gets into a car knows that there's a very real possibility that if you speed consistently, you'll get pulled over. There just aren't enough marquee / landmark instances of pilots getting fined / arrested for illegal operations. Too many warnings. Not enough hammers being dropped. To remind myself of the rules, I did a bit more digging into something that @Av8Chuck wrote: When you look at the FAA's website, here's (some, but not all of) what you'll find: So there are clearly "rules." Registration is required. Flying VLOS is required. Notifying the airport and ATC prior to flying within 5 miles of an airport is required. When it comes to defining a nationwide community-based organization (CBO), let's look at the Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft linked to above: And if you look in the footnotes on page 12, you'll see more information: If you go to the AMA's website, here's what's in their National Model Aircraft Safety Code: The full AMA Safety Handbook is over here, and in it you'll find some information about flying at night: But I'm just going down a rabbit hole here. It's just really interesting to explore the dynamics of hobbyist vs. commercial rules, some of the standards that are being set, and how we're clearly all still going through a transition as this industry matures when it comes to rules / regulations, and of course educating the public and curtailing the yahoo pilots out there.