R Martin

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  1. 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.
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    COA Renewals

    Yes, I did type renewal. If you are not aware of this, you can obtain a renewal of your current COAs as long as you do not let them expire. Thank you for contacting the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Support Center. Dear Sir: The UAS COA Online System provides applicants with an electronic method of requesting a COA. Applicants will need to obtain an account in order to access the online system. You should be able to view your request in the COA portal and/or the drone zone for a current status. https://faadronezone.faa.gov/#/ Please email the FAA/UAS office at 9-AJR-36-UAS@faa.gov with any questions or for more information regarding Certificates of Waiver or Authorization. Requests to extend airspace authorizations that expire on or after June 30, 2017 should be sent to 9-AJV-Part107AuthorizationExtensions@faa.gov no less than (30) days prior to the expiration date of your original authorization. Title your email "Part 107 Authorization Extension Request [201X-XSA-XXX-P107 or 201X-P107-XSA-XXXX]" and include the responsible person/organization name, location (closest airport identifier), the length of time the extension is requested (up to 6 months), and your original granted authorization. Changes to your original authorization must be submitted as a new authorization request. Questions about this process should be sent to 9-AJV-115-EmergTech@faa.gov JDL Please follow up with any further inquiries at UASHelp@faa.gov. Additional information is also available at https://www.faa.gov/uas/. We appreciate your feedback. Please select: UAS Safety and Integration Division AUS-400. I had one renewal back in my hands within 24 hours (after a phone call). The other is still in the works.
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    COA Renewals

    So after this new development, I asked when I should file for an extension if I hold a current COA and when should I file for a new COA? The answer was, "If the location is in LAANC you have to request new authorization however, if it’s not in LAANC submit an email to 9-AJV-Part107authorizationextensions@faa.gov and request extension." So the moral here is if you are served by an FCT that is not participating in LAANC, request an extension 30 days or sooner before your COA expires for by email and include the responsible party name (your name), the location (the ICAO airport designator), and the length of the extension (6 months) and send the extension request to 9-AJV-Part107authorizationextensions@faa.gov
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    COA Renewals

    I received the second extension within 48 hours. They did tack on a new provision that I am now required to check the UASFM site to verify that no changes have been made in regards to altitude or airspace and if I need to operate higher than the published limit I need to file for a new authorization. The extension is good for another 15 months.
  13. I get the same problem out of the Inspire occasionally. My workaround is to shut everything down including iPad. Start the RC first. Start the aircraft and wait until it is fully turned on. Then start the iPad and load the GO app. It might take a few times of repeating the process. Hope this helps.
  14. Pix4D Capture here.
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    GPS Signal Quality

    We use 2 Trimble Geo 7s with mapping grade software and have a total station for areas where multipathing is a constant. All are connected to an RTK network for processing in real-time.
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    GPS Signal Quality

    Minimum satellites visible in constellation - 12 Maximum KP index - 4 as reported by NOAA As far as the UAS in concerned, GPS is required for triggering the camera shutter and following the flight plan. So a lost signal could mean the plan is dumped and it goes into auto-hover or it continues to follow the flight plan and stops collecting images. Either case requires a re-boot and more battery power. We counter this by having additional batteries over and above what is required for mission completion. The missing factor is multipathing. The environment determines quite a bit in my experience. Areas of high multipathing or GPS blind spots can adversely affect the success of the mission. I have found a few areas that we regularly fly that GPS just won't work based upon time which indicates to me that there is EMI that we can't nail down or something else that seriously screws with the receiver and/or signal. GPS is a great tool to have in the toolbox, but experience has shown that technology fails when it is most inconvenient and you have to have the ability to fall back on older more reliable methods in a worst-case scenario.
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    LAANC - is it working for you?

    I got it also and will be attending all of them.
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    LAANC - is it working for you?

    So the next question in the chain becomes how is this going to affect the issuing of certificates of authorization? In theory it should speed the process up somewhat because of a reduced volume of requests. I have two COAs that are expiring the end of the June and have submitted my paperwork for renewal at the beginning of April. If I haven't heard anything by the 8th I'll give my rep a call and find out what the status is.
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    LAANC - is it working for you?

    This is a list of federal contract towers: http://www.air-traffic-control.com/federal-contract-towers/ They may or may not be participating in LAANC. Best way to find out is to contact the airport manager/tower supervisor and find out from your local operator.
  20. A former student worker of mine is working for the Trinity River Authority now doing much the same thing. They have had some success with UAVs but the primary collection methods for fluvial data is still manual in a boat with a sonar for bed cross sections. The problem they have had with a UAS is that the canopy often obscures the bank and without a Lidar unit provides just an orthomosaic and not a lot more. The last time we spoke they were talking about using an unmanned surface vehicle for data collection but I don't know if that has been implemented yet.
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    LAANC - is it working for you?

    LAANC works great if you are serviced by an FAA controlled tower. If, however, you are serviced by an FAA contract tower, not so great. Around half of the towers in the greater DFW area fall under the FAA contract tower category. All of those towers chose not to participate in LAANC "at this time". So it is still business as usual for a lot of us. At least the major airports (DFW, Dallas Love, Alliance, Mecham) are opening up their airspace a lot quicker. If only I flew there...
  22. One of our students transitioned to the Trinity River Authority and is doing the same types of data collection. I think the biggest challenge he mentioned was that he could not get good shots of the bank due to the canopy in a lot of instances. I think they switched to an autonomous UAS (boat) to provide river bottom contours.
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    Night Waiver Time

    So they are getting faster with waivers. That's good to know.
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    Night Waiver Time

    Six to nine months would be a good starting point provided you meet the requirements; longer if you have to revise your submission. I think that is a pretty reasonable guess.
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    Filing a NOTAM question

    The reason I use ENII is that some sites were not talking to all sites when I started. The Lockheed (1800wxbrief) was one of them. ENII sends the info out to everyone. If you look at the examples (there are a lot of them in the help menu) you can easily figure it out. Enter everything in all caps. ex: UAS WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 0.2NM RADIUS OF 331210N0970917W (2.2NM E OF DTO) SFC-150FT AGL 1804261800-1804262100 translation UAS within and area defined as 0.2 nautical mile radius of 33°12'10" N 097°09'17" W (2.2 nautical miles east of KDTO) from the surface to 150 feet above ground level from 26 April 18 1800Z to 20 April 18 2100Z