Ed O'Grady

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  1. Steve, I believe you are spot on. That is exactly what I was thinking but you put it much more eloquently than I could have! But I have to say that I consider myself very savvy regarding Part 107, reading a sectional, looking up NOTAMs, and going beyond that and looking at Digital Chart supplements, and looking at 1 800 wxbrief before choosing to fly. I damn sure don't need DJI telling me where and when I can fly. It's obvious that many of us know more than they do (or at least more than their app does).
  2. I'd buy one for sure!
  3. When you click on the area you get this... UAS Restricted Area FDC 7/7137 Blanding AAF is National Defense Airspace. UAS Operations Prohibited. POC: COL Daniel Johnson, 904-682-3682
  4. Just to add, The graphic posted by @Rogav8or is not current. Here is a current depiction...
  5. I think this discussion leads to a bigger one and that is how is anyone supposed to really understand all of the airspace guidelines and TFR's and NDA's for a given airspace. As an example, and I have posted this before, if I hold a Part 107 certificate and I want to fly within 1 mile of KBQK, how can I do that? Take a look at the sectional and look at the notams. Looks like Class E sfc. You would be correct EXCEPT that if you look at the Digital Chart Supplement you would find this.... AIRSPACE: CLASS E svc 1100–0300Z‡ Mon–Sat, 1600–0300Z‡ Sun other times CLASS G So from 0300z Sunday until 1600z Sunday the airspace is Class G - so good to go after sunrise! Nobody knows it and nobody even cares and nobody knows why, but that's the deal. As I told the Chief of Police, I can fly right over the runway (dont land on it - county property) on Sunday mornings (while everyone else is asleep in church) and I am legal. Not to defend DJI, but it's a very difficult task to write an app that projects all of the airspace nuiances accurately. Nobody ever said this would be easy! As Chuck said, check the notams and the sectionals, but also check the digital chart supplements, and in a perfect world check with the Flight Service Station (1-800-wxbrief). Geesh!
  6. The area indicated in the original graphic posted showing the brown restricted area in the B4UFly app, corresponds to an area designated as National Defense Airspace NOTAM FDC 7/7137 eff 4/14/2017. That area was one of the 133 areas in the country where UAS operations from sfc to 400 AGL are prohibited. How DJI extended that to the west I don't know (and I'm sure they don't either). Most of the area is part of R 2903 A but some of 2903A extends out side of that National Defense Airspace. But regardless of whether 2903A is "hot", that NDA is a no fly. Again, how DJI came up with area in the app is anyone's guess.
  7. Necessity is the mother of invention! I have a brand new 9.7" iPad Pro (hasn't been "flown" as yet) and really don't want to burn it up so I will tackle your invention. Simple yet effective. Where I live it doesn't get that hot but 95 is typical this time of year. BTW - I love the video and the music - very clever.
  8. To Steve's point about airspace waiver vs authorization. the contractor I dealt with back in October told me that it should be considered a waiver since it's not a one time event - if that's what you are looking for. In my case he issued it for 8 months and It will expire soon. There is no formal renewal process apparently although there is a box to check if you hold "an approved Certificate of Waiver/Airspace Authorization under part 107 that has not expired:" That's where I am at and it may make it quicker. In addition, the grids for the airspace in question are in line with the original waiver so we will se how easily (or not) it progresses.
  9. You are correct regarding airspace, which is regulated by the FAA. There may be future challenges to that, however, but for the moment local authorities can regulate the takeoff and landing areas for sUAV's. In spite of Part 107, my county has an ordinance that says, for example, that I am not permitted to fly over county parks. While that is in conflict with FAA, as the Chief of Police said to me personally, "Are the FEDS going to be with you in court if I give you a summons"? I have found loopholes in poorly constructed ordinances that would be helpful if I were ever in a legal situation but again, I would do a bit of research regarding local ordinances. Where I live it's easy to do but where I used to live it would be a nightmare. So I would repeat that "you would be well advised to check your state, county, city, and township ordinances thoroughly for local restrictions that may be in place." At least, you will know what to expect if you are challenged by local law enforcement, who most likely are not aware of Part 107 and don't care, and are more likely to be familiar with local ordinances, regardless of their conflict with FAA regulations.
  10. Part 107 does not restrict those operations. However, you would be well advised to check your state, county, city, and township ordinances thoroughly for local restrictions that may be in place.
  11. I happen to live very near Submarine Base Kings Bay, the east coast home to the Ohio-class submarines. This is a VERY VERY secure facility for obvious reasons and there is a very active vibrant anti-drone defense system in place. I have seen the equipment and actually spent yesterday morning with the gentleman in charge of Company A, Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, Kings Bay, Georgia. They have it, and I've seen some of it but certainly not all. There are, I assume, multiple approaches to drone defense systems at that level and I suspect several are at play. I've seen extensive hardware as you get closer to objects that are more sensitive and it's impressive but what it really does I can't say. Safe to say that the Boomers are protected! Oh to be 45 years youger - well maybe 50!
  12. I had thought about adding a scenario as Steve discussed but decided to just keep it simple! Good point Steve.
  13. I must be misunderstanding your point. If the cloud cover is at say 1000' where you are standing, and you move 2000' away, the cloud cover is still 1000' but you can still see your starting point which is 2000' horizontally.
  14. It means that , for example, if the ceiling is 600' then the max altitude for you is 600-500 = 100 ft. If the ceiling is 800 ft then 800-500 = 300 ft. In addition you are required to have 2000 ft visibility.
  15. It's not permanent, it's a Temporary flight restriction in place until further notice and presumably for as long (or short!) as he remains President. The President has not been back to Trump Tower since being sworn in, but his wife and son continue to live there. I think you are correct about being in Class G but that is a complicated piece of airspace. I think I know the job you accepted and the 2 midtown properties are within the TFR zone. I lived there all my life until 5 years ago (before I had any drone interest) but I'm not up to date on any NYC local regulations. I guess the first issue would be getting the Airspace Authorization for the TFR zone. As far as NYPD goes, if they get involved in your flight, I don't think they will care about your Part 107, an Airspace Authorization from FAA, a letter from Santa, or anything else.