R Martin

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  1. That is a prime example of commercial flight. Posting videos online to promote your business is definitely commercial. It sounds like your realtor wants some free work, and that is not bad to gain some business but there would have to be some chance that you would be getting his business in the future. From the outside, it sounds like he is trying to get you to give him some freebies and he doesn't care how you get them. I, personally, would pass and move on. Find someone to work for with a little more character and honesty. As far as vacation videos or photos, sure why not. That is recreational flight. Throw in a few homes or a golf course and then use that commercially to boost your business. Real estate is a cut-throat business and unless you stand your ground and choose to operate within the law and charge a fair market price for your work, you are going to find yourself on a slippery slope.
  2. Recreational flight is for personal pleasure. You are not promoting anything and you are not earning any money as a result of the flight or photos captured from the flight. Posting the videos online is to me, promoting yourself. Where that falls legally is beyond me. If you are flying in support of your business as you state in the beginning, then you are operating commercially. If you are planning on operating within controlled airspace, then you will need to file for a certificate of authorization ((COA)) (to operate in a specific patch of controlled airspace and follow the existing regulations) or for a waiver (to operate within controlled airspace and ignore specific regulations). A COA takes 90ish days to obtain provided that the paperwork is in order and there are no errors. A waiver can take 5+ months provided that there are no errors in the paperwork (which is a lot more difficult to fill out correctly). You can only notify an airport by phone that you are operating in their airspace if you are flying recreationally. You can not do so commercially. You can have multiple COAs covering the area you work in. Some links to help you: https://faadronezone.faa.gov/#/home - for UAS registration and filing for COAs https://skyvector.com/ - aeronautical charts and airport information online http://uas-faa.opendata.arcgis.com/ - UAS Facilities map online. FAA managed site Last words: the realtor doesn't have a clue what he's /she's talking about. Do your homework on the airspace you plan on flying in and get the necessary authorization to make the flights legally.
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    DJI Geo Fence won't let me fly

    Not all prisons have a TFR associated with them. At least not around here. Beaumont is the only prison in the state that had a TFR issued and that only recently.
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    DJI Geo Fence won't let me fly

    The geofencing is preventing you from flying in an area blanketed by a TFR. You need to find an area further from the correctional institution.
  5. If you are asking if you can fly under someone else's NOTAM, then the answer is no. A NOTAM is tied to an individual who is the responsible party for that flight(s). You'll be operating under DFW's Class B (4k-10k feet) so you are in Class G unless you ignore the regs and make it up to 700 ft AGL which puts you in Class E. You 'can' notify the owner listed in SkyVector of F46 that you are going to be flying in the area as a courtesy. Other than that you really do not need to notify anyone else. Just be extra vigilant and watch out for other UAS's. According to the FAA Facilities map, you are good to 400ft AGL as long as you don't stray toward the south end of Ray Hubbard.
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    Solutions to DJI 99 Waypoint Limit?

    Find another flight planning app to control the flight. Drone Deploy, Pix4D Capture, and a host of others will allow you to get the job done at no cost.
  7. Absolutely. There is more paperwork to flying than actual flying. https://www.amazon.com/Drone-Operators-Logbook-Jonathan-Rupprecht/dp/1519653603/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1532035491&sr=8-4&keywords=drone+pilot+logbook&dpID=410G2wz6fSL&preST=_SX218_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch The above is the link to the one I use (paper copy) and I also track everything in Drone Logbook online (https://www.dronelogbook.com). There are other variations of both online that are easy enough to find.
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    Is it Legal to Shoot Down a Drone?

    It is illegal to shoot down a drone, that has already been determined. The important questions though are (1) is anyone going to enforce that, and (2) if that is the local sentiment, isn't it better to protect your investment and fly somewhere where the local yahoos aren't going to be taking potshots at your equipment? Private property and the right to privacy is an area that the FAA keeps sidestepping around and fails consistently to draw hard boundaries over what constitutes flying over "private" property and operating in the national airspace. They constantly allow local and state and other federal government agencies to encroach on their jurisdiction without slapping them back in places. Until the FAA takes a firmer stance, common sense (which I realize is not as common as it used to be) needs to take over. If you are planning on operating over private property then you need to solicit the landowners permission to fly prior to taking flight.
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    Time to test!

    Pretty sure there is a proctor at Addison airport and I know there is one at Denton Enterprise. Might check Redbird too...
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    Conflicting Airspace Information

    Yes, that is correct. If you are planning on operating IN Class B or Class C airspace you need a COA or Waiver. But as you pointed out, there are areas below the Class B and C airspace that is Class G, and for that airspace you can operate freely without any extra paperwork. Check the sectional (not an app) and look at the upper and lower limit of the airspace to determine where you can fly and where you need approval to fly.
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    FAA Unmanned General Recurrent (UGR) test

    Good information to know. Mine expires in September. Thank you Ed!
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    No place to fly!

    The Class D tower is generally going to be controlling the traffic in that area so that is who I would notify. You can find the tower and airport manager contact information via SkyVector (https://skyvector.com/). I fly commercially under a COA in controlled airspace and that is the extent of my notification other than filing a NOTAM which you would not do for recreational flight.
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    No place to fly!

    Maybe not without authorization commercially, but recreationally as long as you adhere to AMA rules you can fly for fun almost anywhere. Just make sure you adhere to the recreational, state and local rules and notify McGuire before you take off. Might not hurt actually contacting the duty officer and talk it out with him or her beforehand.
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    FAA Unmanned General Recurrent (UGR) test

    I would be careful there. If you cert expires August 31st and you retest on September 4th, will that be a recertification or will you have to take the full test again because your cert has expired? I don't know the answer to this.
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    Is there such a thing as R5002G?

    Trust the sectional. Apps are not reliable. Barnegat is not within restricted airspace. So that would say it would not be a problem; however, does it occupy land within the Barnegat National Wildlife Refuge? If so, I would not fly there. Most NWRs are no-fly zones.