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About Kirk

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  1. NODE Network Of Drone Enthusiasts

    @Alan Perlman sent you an email.
  2. NODE Network Of Drone Enthusiasts

    @Av8Chuck I too am conflicted and confused by both DJI actions and motives. This is why I shared my story. I don’t know how many here have even heard of NODE. I did a quick search and didn’t find NODE has ever been mentioned here.
  3. The NODE group solicited me to join. It looked like a good source of info so I signed up to receive emails from them. I received an email detailing the NODE group is defeating Cities writing law to require permits to fly drones in there cities. This is good right? We don’t want cities to basically tell us to pay them eveytime we want to fly. So I sent NODE an email with two cities around me with drone permit requirements. They said “Thank you for this info it is ridiculous and we will look into it’. Here is the funny (strange) part. The lady’s name that sent the email also gave her job title with NODE, and the fact that NODE is a DJI organization. The address given was Washington DC. NODE must be a lobby group for DJI in our capital.
  4. LAX airspace question help.

    @Ed O'Grady Here is the link to the FAA Waviers granted page. type in the search window “107.41” All of the 107.41 Airspace Waviers will be displayed. You are correct there could be Airspace Authorizations I don’t think those can be found.
  5. LAX airspace question help.

    I’ve looked st the LAANC. I’m in the California South Bay. So this new offering doesn’t help me. Since I’m thinking about it I will add this little nugget. The company Drone Base emailed me with customer jobs in my area. These jobs were within 1 mile of Torrance airport. No one in this area has authority to fly a drone except for the Torrance police department. I’ve checked on the FAA waiver approved site. Yet each time I get these emails I go to the Drone Base app and the jobs have been taken by someone. This is what pives me. Eventually someone is going to do something stupid and we will all pay. So much for following rules.
  6. LAX airspace question help.

    I have a Airframe & Power Plant license, Private Pilot License, UAS Licensee, all from FAA. I spent 30 years as a professional in the aviation industry. Worked with the FAA the whole time. Many of my former co-workers went to work for the FAA. So I say this with experience. The FAA is completely broken. 6 supervisors for every worker. Nothing gets done. They have more manpower working on keeping track of our paperwork than inspectors looking it over.
  7. Ask enough times...

    You can always count on the government to fowl up things to the point that nobody is going to follow the rules. This of course due to no response from the FAA for waiver requests. I’ve been waiting for three Waivers I requested over three months ago. Here is the funny part. I included with each request a Previous approved FAA waiver that match my request exactly. The FAA has already approved waivers exactly like my requested waiver. This is beyond comprehension.
  8. Contact info for FAA Waiver Dept?

    Well no response from email. I did get an email rep once to my phone message I left them. “Hello. You called and asked about the status of your Part 107 airspace request. The FAA asks for your patience as the sheer volume of UAS Airspace requests has placed an overload on the FAA resources processing these requests. Airspace Authorizations take on average 90 business days to process. Airspace. This timeframe depends on volume received, complexity of the request, and accuracy of the information provided.”
  9. I’ve done most of what you have suggested. Plus I have diversified. I shoot stock footage for sale on shutterstock, Adobe Stock, and Getty images. I’ve partnered with a local pro photography store and I teach a Drone Photography class. I have several sources of income for the business. There are many other ideas I have to branch out further but there are only so many hours in a day.
  10. I started my Southern California business one and a half years ago. I do all types of photography but focus on aerial and underwater (I’m a certified underwater photographer). As far as the drone aspect of the business I am currently waiting for the FAA to approve 3 airspace waivers. As a mentioned I operate in Southern California. 90 percent of the So. Cal. Beach area is controlled airspace. The poster initially asked for business challenges. My challenge is this. Even thought I will be the only wavered pilot in the So. Cal. Beach area, and I know this from the FAA approved waivers data, many real estate drone photographers are currently working as we speak illegally. I know this because the realtors tell me all of the photo people are flying drones. You can’t start a conversation trying to get someone’s business with “I’m the only legal guy”. They just don’t care to look into it and would never hire you. So finding a way in with all of the illegal operators is my challenge.
  11. I’ve been waiting for more than 90 days for three different airspace waivers I’ve applied for. I contact my FSDO office to inquire on my Waivers. He said I must go thru the waiver portal. Waiver portal? Is that a automated request form only? Any suggestions on who to contact with waiver questions?
  12. Local Drone Laws/Ordinances

    This is a good resource. One of my target areas had an ordinance I was not familiar with.
  13. LAX airspace question help.

    Already done. I filed 3 separate requests 3 weeks ago. Just got the confirmation this morning from the FAA.
  14. @Steve Bennett as you can see by the photo of the controlled airspace in my target area getting waivers are essential to operating serously in this area. As to your statement that your doughtful I'll be granted waivers. I've had dealings with the FAA for 35 years, you need to do your research. In the area where I'm applying for airspace waivers the FAA has already issued waivers. How do I know this. Go to the FAA granted waivers, there are about one hundred 107.41's granted to date. I found 2 granted for my airspace needs in my area. Followed their example and applied. Although anything is possible with the FAA they would be hard pressed to deny me when they have previously granted a identical request. PS always add the previously approved waiver numbers in your request. That way the FAA has a lot harder time saying no.
  15. @R Martin also good advise. My last waiver took I think 3 months. Although I would like these approvals yesterday I'm going the waiver route for two reasons. 1. I'm in this for the long haul and have precious little time on a day to day basis and constantly worrying about when I need to send in another authorization request is not something that thrills me. 2. I've included in my waiver requests as reference previously granted waiver numbers for my exact request thinking this may speed things up. How can the say no when they have already approved others just like mine. Well they are the FAA and anything is