Ed O'Grady

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  1. @Av8Chuck, you most certainly DO need an Airspace Authorization (not a waiver) under 14 CFR Part 107 OMB Control Number: 2120-0768 to fly at Burbank or anywhere else in Class E surface or greater airspace. Plain and simple. In 2014, the rules had not been put into law, and in fact hadn't even yet been determined. If you call the tower today and tell them you are a Part 107 Certificate holder you will be told to use the web portal for an Airspace Authorization. If you have an arrangement outside of the FAA guidelines, well so be it. But that is NOT the procedure that is in place at the moment.
  2. Great job @NunoB
  3. I'll throw my 2 cents in here. First of all, FAA does not explicitly prohibit flying over moving vehicles. As best as I can tell, it is implied in Part 107 but not so stated. So what does that mean? I don't know. As far as flying over people, you could apply for a waiver but I think it would be far easier if you utilized a VO who stayed ahead of the a/c and basically just kept people out of the flight path. Perhaps one block at a time.
  4. The Texas Privacy act is of little concern to Part 107 Certificate holders who are operating commercially and within Class G or posses an Airspace Authorization. Here's why 423.003 (a) A person commits an offense if the person uses an unmanned aircraft to capture an image of an individual or privately owned real property in this state with the intent to conduct surveillance on the individual or property captured in the image. Re critical infrastructure 423.0045 (c) (9) an operator of an unmanned aircraft that is being used for a commercial purpose, if the operator is authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct operations over that airspace. Looks like a well crafted piece of legislation.
  5. Hi Jeanne Wondering what level you're at when it comes to current drone regulations at the federal level. as well as the various state and local guidelines.
  6. To me, the failure that they are asking about sounds more like a departure from controlled flight - a complete software failure. Perhaps a fair question but one for which we can not provide an answer. Dual controllers and receivers with dual control links? Let me back the Predator out of the garage because the ones we fly just don't have that.
  7. Or hitting the self destruct button, provided not over humans or moving vehicles! Sounds like a new contrator or some new rules.
  8. And the present lawsuit in New Hampshire is proof of that.
  9. Was that part of the airspace authorization as a requirement- just curious. The Yaesu FTA-550 is a great choice. First I heard of a FSDO involved in an airspace authorization.
  10. Depends on what you hope to use it for.
  11. I'm not hearing anything new about the upcoming "instant approval" system. It was supposed to arrive in summer of '17 but I am now hearing sometime 2018. I just wish we could get our hands on the grid mapping that has already been done. Here's an example of the mapping done at KMCO If we had access to the map for our given areas, we would know up front what we could or could not get approval for. That would make everyone's life easier. For that matter, since we studied for, passed, and have stated that we will abide by the Part 107 certificate regulations, why shouldn't Part 107 certificate holders simply be allowed to fly and abide by the grid map? I guess that's out of the question! I noticed something last night on FAA site that may have been there but I just never noticed before. Under "beyond the basics" I saw "Standard special provisions for part 107 waivers (coming soon)". When I applied for a waiver from Daylight operations, I reviewed many approvals and tried to address each and every provision but I still got denied. They all seemed to be the same, but it looks like they are going to issue something to cover all that. Patience is a virtue!
  12. As has been discussed previously, a waiver is just that - a waiver of Part 107 rules. An Airspace Authorization is precisely that, an authorization to fly in certain airspace. They are 2 entirely different things handled by 2 entirely different groups of personnel. Airspace authorizations are handled by contractors and waivers are done by FAA employees. It appears that for now waivers are not being released. FAA has told me they are being processed but not released. I don't understand why you would advise someone to NOT apply for a Waiver From Part 107, if that's what they needed, and instead apply for an Airspace Authorization.
  13. Thanks Luis for posting that. Seems like a reasonable document. I'm always concerned when a phrase like "critical facility" is listed but it's clearly spelled out here. And the prohibition of photographing those facilities is "in the furtherence of a criminal act". Looks to me as if it was well thought bill.
  14. How about "Dragon" - based in Hong Kong so might explain Speedbird 21? No, there is no simple rule of thumb. There are 2 distinctions - Hobbyist/recreational and Commercial. For commercial operations, you are required to obtain a Part 107 Airmen's Certificate. If you are a Part 61 certificate holder and current in the last 2 years (regardless of type) along with a medical, you can take a test online and have a CFI sign off on it. For hobbyist/recreational use you are required to follow a set of 'community based guidelines" such as those set forth by The Academy of Model Aeronautics. All the fun details can be found at FAA.gov.
  15. Give me the 4th letter of your callsign and let me guess the carrier! Or any other letter. So, I started to go through it and making notes (a lot of holes in there) and then I get to the end and basically it says "Hey, if the feds change the rules, then we will amend or revise." It also stated that it does not apply to Part 333 or exemption holders. So was it ever signed into law and if it was, has it been repealed, replaced, or modified? I think you really need to get the latest law and go from there. This one looks like a mess.