Ed O'Grady

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    Is it Legal to Shoot Down a Drone?

    On Friday, 20 July, FAA posted this article which is timely in connection with this thread. It is what it is and for now it doesn't require a great deal of debate. Pleased to say that here in Georgia, for more than a year now, no municipalities can enact any legislation regulating commercial drone operations that conflict with FAA regulations. https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=22938
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    Flying drones in National Forest

    The title is FLYING DRONES IN NATIONAL FOREST. So what's the confusion?
  3. Well, that's great. However, I would send a letter to both thanking them for their cooperation and briefly summing up the conversation as a record. Congrats!
  4. @Spitfire76 nails it! That voice mail message is sufficient under FAA rules for notification provided that you give them a contact method if they have a major problem with your operation. They can't deny it but they must be provided with a way to contact you. In addition, @Dave Pitman offers another option. If you and the airport can agree, you can arrange a letter of agreement that will be OK with FAA.
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    Is it Legal to Shoot Down a Drone?

    Here's an article that might explain why some folks in Colorado think it's legal to shoot us down. The proposal was "shot down" by 75%of the local voters! http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-drone-hunting-law-rejected-colorado20140402-story.html
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    Is it Legal to Shoot Down a Drone?

    My response would be to totally ignore the shop owner - unless you expect to be conducting more business in that town. If that's the case, then I would contact the town or county attorney and discuss what ordinances they may have in place. They certainly can regulate where you can take off and land but not the National Airspace System. But that doesn't mean that some bozo isn't going to take out a shotgun and blast your Phantom out of the sky! They might just have an ordinance that prohibits flight, even if it is not in compliance with Federal law. I have run into a lot of folks here in Georgia who believe that you can shoot a drone down if it's over your property. I always ask them if they shoot helicopters and general aviation aircraft down as well - and then we discuss it. Let's wee what the rest of the crew here has to add to this.
  7. A word of caution regarding the recurrent test. Your new certificate will reflect a 2 year period from the date you take and pass the recurrent exam. I spoke with CATS this morning and was in the process of scheduling my exam and I asked the question. As an example, my certificate exprires 31 August 2018. If I take the exam on 30 June 2018, the new certificate will expire 2 years from then thereby certifying me for only 10 months instead of 12 beyond my current expiration.
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    FAA Unmanned General Recurrent (UGR) test

    Actually it would prevent you from operating commercially until your certificate was processed - a few days after you passed the test so maybe Oct 3 or 4th. It's you decision!
  9. Just wondering, for those who live in areas where LAANC has gone live, how is it working? Are you getting the instant airspace authorizations, as advertised? Really would love to hear some first hand accounts.
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    FAA Unmanned General Recurrent (UGR) test

    @R Martin, I spoke with FSDO ATL today about this. The Part 107 Certificate does not expire but to be legal to operate, you must have taken either the original or the recurrent exam within the previous 24 months. So, yes, I can delay until Sept 5 and then I will actually gain a month.
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    Is there such a thing as R5002G?

    here's a bit more on the 5002G issue https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/12/13/2011-31853/amendment-to-and-establishment-of-restricted-areas-warren-grove-nj I suspect this is issued on an "as needed" basis. I would call 1-800-wxbrief for further info.
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    FAA Unmanned General Recurrent (UGR) test

    I believe it's fine but I will double check to be sure. Actuually, that question was part of the orginal test I think.
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    FAA Unmanned General Recurrent (UGR) test

    Hmmm - now there's an idea. It actually would work out for me. My preferred location is open now but will close for the months of July and August. My expiration date is Aug 31. So if I book for Sept 4 (day after labor day) I will gain a month. Gonna give that a shot. Thanks @Dave Pitman.
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    FAA registration as a tourist

    Here's what you need to know UAS Flown under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (Section 336) If you are flying under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, you must: Register as a "modeler" Label your model aircraft with your registration number In order to register, you must be: 13 years of age or older (if the owner is less than 13 years of age, a person 13 years of age or older must register the model aircraft) A U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident* In order to register, you'll need: Email address Credit or debit card Physical address and mailing address (if different from physical address) Register online (must weigh less than 55 pounds). Register an unmanned aircraft by paper. * Visiting foreign nationals must register their UAS upon arrival in the United States (online registration serves as a certificate of ownership).
  15. @RobJager, I checked on Boca going live with LAANC and it is not currently scheduled to happen. I'm assuming that you mean BCT and if so, through September there is no implementation date from FAA. Doesn't mean it's not going to happen, but not announced as yet.
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    Client and Operator Liability

    @Cyclops55, that last line is good news. By coincidence just minutes ago a friend of mine, who is a very successful realtor here, invited me to lunch tomorrow so we will discus the MLS thing.
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    Client and Operator Liability

    Recall my earlier comment "Don't expect an answer that addresses your question. You're dealing with the FAA." Looks like that's what you got! And don't expect any concrete answers from your local FSDO. They can't provide anything that even remotely resembles legal advice. They also are not going to discuss enforcement actions (or the lack thereof). My guess is they will just not answer - hope I'm wrong.
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    Summer Drone Photo Contest

    Good catch Dave.
  19. First of all, KMIA is already live with LAANC. It has been since the fall of 2017. In addition, many south florida atc facilities will go live on Jul 19 with LAANC so that's exactly how I would advise them. It's not about airstrips, it's about airspace classification.
  20. That's great @rjake007. We go live here in July and really looking forward to it.
  21. Hey @Dave Pitman, That's interesting news. So, airspace authorizations for the facilities in question, once they go LAANC, seem to get cancelled. My question is whether the original request would/could have been satisfied using LAANC. If the request was for more than the "grids" would have allowed, then a cancellation is not helpful at all.
  22. Lucky guess on my part! Let us know how your LAANC clearance goes.
  23. Dont have an answer but just wondering if the area involved has either begun or is about to begin inclusion in LAANC.
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    Recurrent test ??

    Just checked with CATS/PSI regarding the recurrent test. The FAA test code is UGR (not UGA-thats the original test) and CATS is not as yet taking registrations for it.
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    Recurrent test ??

    Anyone have any clue yet as to what we do about this?? Mine is due up on 30 Aug. Valid for 2 years – certificate holders must pass a recurrent knowledge test every two years I was able to find this from FAA The FAA acknowledges, however, the burden associated with in-person testing every two years. As such, the FAA intends to look at (in the Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Over People rule) alternative methods to further reduce this burden without sacrificing the safety benefits afforded by a two-year recurrent knowledge check. I will TRY to call FSDO ATL tomorrow but I doubt I will get an answer - not sure FAA has made a decision.