Steve Bennett

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  1. I started with to learn more: http://www.dji.com/flysafe/geo-system Then went to: http://www.dji.com/flysafe/geo-system/unlock This location (if signed into your DJI account), allows you to unlock areas for flight in advance for what they call "Authorization zones". Unfortunately, you can't unlock what they call "Restricted Zones". In looking at all their "zones", I only see circles. My guess is, someone picked the geometric center of either the base property, the FAA Restricted zones R2903A & R2904A combined or that magenta drone no fly zone shape that @Victor Spangler / @Ed O'Grady posted; measured a line from this center to the farthest corner and said that will be the radius of the Restricted zone circle. A very poor execution in my opinion. Which leads us to this webpage: http://www.dji.com/flysafe/geo-system/individual-unlock Gather your documentation, create a single PDF of it and submit it to DJI. I feel like uttering some expletives for having to submit more freaking paperwork. What really ticks me off, is like others have said in here, it should match with FAA VFR sectionals & NOTAMS. Now go submit your paperwork and fly your jobs. If I'm ever near Starke, FL, you owe me a beer.
  2. Wait, I see 1 class B, 2 class C and 6 or more class D along the coast from surface on up. While not technically a no-fly zone, it prevents flight without first obtaining an airspace authorization. Start filing your airspace authorization requests (not waivers) now to get them going.
  3. I have an airspace authorization to fly in class D airspace and did so a few weeks ago near KEMT. When I brought up the DJI GO app, it warned me I was in a class D airspace. Asked me to check mark 2 boxes, then let me launch. At a different jobsite a week later, I was definitely NOT in class D (nearby, yes) but after letting it warm up a bit, it prompted me for the same check marks. Defnitely not the best geo fencing, but at least it let me fly.
  4. While I hope the best for your waivers, I am doubtful they will get approved. I've had lots of success obtaining airspace authorizations in socal, waivers were denied. The closer you get to the airport, the less likely the airspace authorization will get approved. The realtors are not on the hook, pilot in command takes ultimate responsibility when arming the aircraft and departing the ground. I would avoid telling realtors that others are flying illegally in the area, never know if it was a family member or themselves that took their last round of photos. I would highlight that you abide by FAA part 107 rules & regs and take safety very seriously.
  5. Well, if you wait for your initial application to finish, you're a month minimum into it. If approved, you know you have the right verbiage in your request which you could then use to submit for other airports. If you file a bunch right now and your initial one is denied, you've got a bunch of potential denials coming back. I know its hard to wait, but I would wait to get back word on your first application before submitting more...
  6. Thanks for sharing the idea, not bad! You should market that as a kit on Amazon... Pre-made sizes for iPad mini or full would be great too...
  7. I've seen others use it with DD, however I'm not seeing it used for highly accurate mapping.
  8. I needed a brain break at work today, an escape if you will. I went to Jalopnik (one of my fav sites for all things car) and was rewarded with the following find! http://jalopnik.com/these-drone-operators-are-as-crazy-as-the-rad-drifters-1796301736 Just try and close your brain to part 107 rules and enjoy the flight for once!
  9. I flew this week at a bridge construction site in San Diego near UCSD. Talk about red tape! Caltrans (state DOT) has their paperwork they want completed for flights (both pre and post) which encroaches on my rights as a P107 pilot. UCSD has their paperwork they want completed for flights (both pre and post) which encroaches on my rights as a P107 pilot. My company has our own internal paper they want completed for policies. 3 times the paperwork and it wasn't even in Class B, C, D or E airspace!!! Anyways, UCSD wanted me to contact the helipad located on their hospital nearby which they pointed out to me via skyvector.com. I looked up the facility manager phone on there and gave em a ring. Before I could even finish introducing myself, the person yelled - YELLED - at me: "“YOU ARE CALLING THE WRONG PEOPLE YOU NEED TO CALL SECURITY” and then transferred me to the operator. When I pointed this out to my contact at UCSD, they appreciated the heads up. When I mentioned I had already filed a UAS operating area for the site a week in advance, they felt that was enough. I guess where I'm going with this is, don't be surprised if the heli facility lights up when you call and that the UAS notification via 1800wxbrief might suffice for what you are doing. For what it's worth, as a P107 pilot, I'm not required to contact helipads as long as I'm in class G airspace.
  10. That's a big one, thanks for sharing.
  11. Correct, but who wants to film an inspirational video that gets millions of view hits around a radio tower? And would you still be able to spot your drone at 1400FT away without visual aids such as binoculars?
  12. Stunningly beautiful!
  13. That is ridiculous! $145??? remind me to avoid that city for flight...
  14. I know daylight waivers have been granted, I meant waivers for airspace... i just find it odd that DLP would suggest a waiver for airspace instead of an authorization.
  15. @PLKetchum - technically you applied for the correct thing - a waiver to be able to do so for 2 years straight. However, the airspace authorizations are typically good for 6 months. Yes you would have to re-submit a couple times over 2 years, but you have a much better chance of getting it approved. @Alan Perlman - I'm curious if drone law pro would be willing to say how many waivers they've seen approved since Part 107 went into affect?