Dave Pitman

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  1. Drone Radio Show, Interview with 3DR CEO Chris Anderson

    The cost (in $ but mostly in time and training) to obtain a remote pilot certificate is very low. This can be looked at as a good thing. But it certainly has consequences. For companies, whether large or small, that finds value in repeated uas collected data of any kind, is likely to have their own staff get certified and "operate" their drones. The more autonomous the better for their purpose. If the FAA had decided to require at least a sport pilot certificate to operate drones commercially. Then a large majority of companies would more than likely use uas subcontractors. Ironically, the fact that the remote pilot certificate is so easy to get. I suspect those that are independent uas operators will be the minority of the total of Remote Pilot Certificate holders. There will still be specialists needed of course. But they will be the smaller % of commercial operators. I don't particularly like this paradigm. But that's what I see happening. I welcome other's opinions.
  2. Visualize FAA UAS Data on a Map

    No, it's not just you, Chuck. In my opinion, the FAA is really dropping the ball here and doing all of us and themselves a great disservice. For airspace related operations, there should be a straight forward prescriptive path to operate legally. The ceiling grids are great, but they shouldn't be a planning tool in order to request an approval to operate. They should be one element in what is required in order to operate in a given airspace without the need for some FAA subcontractor to decide anything. The FAA needs to establish standardized regulations depicting what is required to operate in a given airspace just like they do with full scale. The current approach of asking operators to guess as to what a particular FAA contractor wants to hear in order to approve an operation is simply asinine, IMHO. Part 107 in it's current form is a good start but it is by no means complete. They (the FAA) needs to get on with it.
  3. Community Update Category

    As someone just getting used to this forum, I ended up just bookmarking Unread Content which makes it straight forward to follow.

    Hi Dalton, It appears from your survey that your area of interest is mostly toy drones. That's fine, although I'm not sure how many in here are considering models in that segment. Good luck, though.
  5. Kara was a DD forum support person in the past. Not sure if she is still in that role or not. http://www.karaemurphy.co/aboutme/
  6. The regs do only specifically mention the surface class E. But, trying to guess the "intent" with regard to FAA regs is that.. just a guess. Unfortunately there is not an easy answer to be found for every question. Ultimately a judge decides the gray areas when or if an enforcement action comes to them. Until that happens, we all just have to guess... I guess.
  7. Visualize FAA UAS Data on a Map

    From what I understand, they won't (and are not supposed to) provide clearance. However I was told by the subcontracting agent that was working on an airspace waiver for me that they check with the controlling agency (the tower) as part of their process. My advice to Jim was not to get clearance from the tower; just to get their input. My waivers in class D require me to call the tower on the phone before and after operation, and to be available to receive their call during. I suspect they would rather not be bothered because in reality there is no factor. But it is what we've got for now.
  8. Visualize FAA UAS Data on a Map

    Jim, to be honest, I would be very surprised if you were given access to the area depicted as "0". It doesn't cost anything to try though. You might get in touch with EMT tower at a slow time and discuss what you would like to do and ask them for help. Usually airspace clearances are discussed with the facility involved before the yes/no decision is made. (At this point anyway). If tower personnel are of the opinion that they wouldn't approve of it no matter what, then you can save yourself a lot of wait and see time.
  9. Yes, you would need an airspace waiver or authorization for that portion of the flight that extended into class E airspace. In that case, the portion above 700' AGL. The regs reference class E with regard to airports because that is where class E to the surface generally exists. Since generally flight is restricted to 400' AGL, the regs don't mention class E that starts at 700' AGL. But make no mistake it is still class E and permission is required. Although you can fly higher if within 400' of a tall structure, the FAA always defaults to the more restrictive regulation if there is overlap. Very good question!
  10. Thoughts on the background music?

    Alan, the background is not overbearing. However, I believe it would be better without it. For example; if you were to present the program in person, I don't think the music would be appropriate. And that is the vibe I think you are after. Just my opinion though.
  11. Part 107 or COA/333

    Specifially using the web portal to request airspace waivers is not written in Part 107. However it is in the FAQ ( https://www.faa.gov/uas/faqs/ ) and ATC has been notified to not give verbal approval. ** I'm just the messenger here !
  12. DJI Proposal for Managing Drone Traffic

    ICAO Unmanned Aircraft Symposium UAS UTM proposals segment which includes DJI and Airmap. The playlist for the entire symposium. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOoOa5RwilZJSzDEnGKsemtxyLhVEvqF1
  13. Have either of you tested the P4P with mechanical shutter? Curious what you found.
  14. Yeah, the B4uFly app is a bit of a disappointment. There are some pretty good websites that make use of official charts. https://skyvector.com/ Many of us use apps designed for full scale piloting which are fantastic for airspace awareness but they aren't free. Also, remember to check TFRs. http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr_map_ims/html/ Good luck with your training!
  15. Hi Scott, Official FAA sectional charts are THE airspace authority. https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/digital_products/vfr/ In controlled airspace, you will need to apply for a waiver in order to operate. The link you posted shows maximum ceilings that will have a chance of getting approved. The map does not mean that you can fly to those heights without a waiver. Have you looked into Part 107 training?