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  1. Though my questions and thoughts could fit in several discussion forums, particularly the Real Estate one, I decided I'd throw this out here since it also has a direct bearing on regulations, restricted airspace, etc.. An ongoing issue I have in the area I am based in (and I’m sure most licensed sUAV operators have everywhere) is trying to compete for work with unlicensed drone operators doing commercial work as well as even licensed operators not getting the proper authorization to fly in restricted air spaces. Charlotte is particularly difficult with uptown being less than 5 miles from our airport and squarely within Class B airspace. I routinely see commercial drone videos that are clearly in this airspace being used by developers on their websites and advertisements. I would be very surprised if these drone operators have applied for and received FAA authorization because I know how difficult it is to get such FAA Authorization. In February of this year, I applied for authorization to fly in our Class B Airspace for a particular commercial development assignment I knew would be coming up this summer. I was happy to receive the authorization after 90 days. I was also pleased that they even broadened the very specific area I had originally requested to include all of the Class B airspace, not just the 1/2 mile radius I originally asked for! This authorization will last until September. This opened up the option to market my ability to legally fly in this restricted area to other developers/ realtors. There are a lot of developments happening near uptown at present. As part of my effort to market my work, I plan to educate these developers that just because someone shows they can fly a drone and supply them with aerial work, they should realize their own liability if they do not follow the normal due diligence and hire both a licensed drone operator AND an operator with the proper FAA authorization if their development or property lies within restricted airspace! I am hoping, to gather any recent articles or blog posts that speaks to such liability, both financial and legal, and wondering if those on this forum can share some with me? I did find this article from last year that helps and speaks about unlicensed operators flying commercially. https://photographyforrealestate.net/2017/05/23/realtors-have-liability-for-hiring-an-unlicensed-drone-operator/ But it doesn’t specifically deal with operators flying illegally in restricted airspace, whether licensed or not, and the liability to their clients. I expect it could be even larger fines to both. I also decided to ask about this specific issue in my own email to UAVhelp this morning and hope they will also respond on this subject. I will share any response I get on the forum when I hear back. Any other articles you personally know of would be great to hear about. Thanks!
  2. Hi everyone, I am preparing to apply for an airspace authorization that covers a wide area and encompasses 2 airports, SeaTac (B) and Boeing Field (D). This is for a contract that lasts until the end of this year (and hopefully will be renewed.) The facilities where our services may be needed are spread all over the place. Most fall into D airspace (Boeing Field), while the other, largest facility is the SeaTac airport itself (B). Since we're talking about a very wide area covering two airports, I am wondering if I can even apply for a single authorization? The client is the same. I've attached a map. Pink arrows point to airports, while those two areas highlighted in red show the locations of the facilities. Thanks a lot!
  3. Letac

    Can I fly here?

    Hi, I need help with something. I am getting conflicting information about whether or not I am able to fly a drone in a certain area (I am Part 107 certified.) When I look at the sectional charts and FAA UAS Data map it appears that I cannot fly here, which has been my understanding all along. But when I look at the AirMap (with Part 107 selected) and Kittyhawk, it says I’m good to go. I am attaching screenshots from all of them. The area in question is circled in all 3 screenshots. Thanks!
  4. Asking for...a friend...this one is a doozy (Refer to Figure 20, area 1.) You're hired to inspect a group of structures that are under construction 9 statute miles (SM) south of Norfolk International airport. What's the highest you're allowed to fly without needing to ask for additional FAA permission? A) 470 ft. MSL B) 853 ft. AGL - this is what we have marked as the right answer, but I'm now questioning it C) 1,200 ft. MSL The tower in question is 453 ft. AGL. While the Part 107 regulations state a maximum altitude of 400 ft. AGL, you’re allowed to fly higher than that as long as you’re within 400 ft. of a tower / obstruction. You’re even allowed to fly up to 400 ft. over the topmost part of that tower. In this case, the height of the structures under construction 9 statute miles (SM) south of Norfolk Intl airport is 453 ft. AGL. If you’re flying “as high as allowed under Part 107,” you’d be flying 453 ft. AGL + 400 ft., or 853 ft. AGL. So the question then becomes, If you're flying a drone at 853 ft. AGL, what airspace would you be in, and would you need authorization from the FAA to operate there? At first glance, the structures sit in Class G airspace at the surface, and Class C airspace from 1,200 ft. MSL to 4,000 ft. MSL. But THEN, someone just pointed this out to me, if you zoom out, it looks like the whole area is actually enveloped in the thick, fuzzy magenta line indicating Class E airspace starting at 700 ft. AGL. So that means, and here's where it gets fun: From the surface to 700 ft. AGL, it's Class G airspace From 700 ft. AGL to 1,200 ft. MSL, it's Class E airspace From 1200 ft. MSL to 4,000 ft. MSL, it's Class C airspace OK, if this is all true, then at 853 ft. AGL, that would be Class E airspace. So here's where I...I mean my friend. Right, my friend. Where he is stumped When you look at the full 624 pages of Part 107 regulations and comments, it says : That's on page 11 in Table 1: Summary of the Major Provisions of part 107. Then, later in the document, one of the section headers on page 329 says: Sounds similar, but this time it says "lateral boundaries of the surface area of Class E airspace." On page 330, we see the same language: Does this mean that if we're flying vertically up into Class E airspace, like we'd hypothetically be doing at 853 ft. AGL in this question, that we would need authorization to be there? If so, then I need to re-write this question. Waddya think?
  5. Now apparently there will be airspace "vendors" to grant authorizations. Whether or not you will have to pay to play has yet to be announced.... https://skyward.io/skyward-is-an-faa-approved-laanc-airspace-vendor/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTVdabFlqTXhOV1ExWTJVNSIsInQiOiJzSW9KbEtoNnJCWFZOMGpxalo2XC91ekoyYjFQc2hzS0hiZ3FZajdadUpHTnI1Z3Z4T29vcTlcL29ocWRaM0pRVThcL0pRcDQ1NFdYWGRmY2hGaWVVb0ZpQ0gyUzd2VGJGZXRLSndBZ1BrNXh2SmlqTkFPXC9DK01IWkpmZTRJeTF0SlEifQ%3D%3D The trial group of participating airports for 2017 are as follows: https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_partnerships/uas_data_exchange/airports_participating_in_laanc/
  6. Hello! This is my first time Posting on here. I just had a question relating to flying within 5 miles of an airport. My question is if this applies to ALL airports, big and small, or just the bigger airport. I live in Logan, UT and the entire valley is covered by class E airspace starting at 700 FT. AGL. Obviously this means if I am within the allowed 400 ft. then i shouldn't have any issues. The airport is shown within this controlled airspace area but does not have any addition boundaries (its a small local airport). Does the 5 mile rule still apply here? The reason I ask is because I get lots of real estate work here and because this town is small, practically every job is within 5 miles of the airport. This means i'll have to request permission from the FAA for every job and then have to wait 30-90 days for jobs that take me about 15 minutes to shoot. most jobs i don't even have to fly higher than 50 ft to accomplish what I need to. What brought this question to my attention (i just assumed all airports had the 5 mile rule) is i just made a pilot profile with Skyward and was looking at Logan with the flight planner map that shows airspace limits and it didn't show any restrictions for my area which it made me wonder if the 5 mile rule doesn't apply here. sorry for the novel but if anyone has any advice or has an answer to my question i would really appreciate it. thanks Liam Below I have attached the sectional chart image for my area.
  7. JBR LIFE Photography

    Ask enough times...

    Aloha, Living on an island has it's obvious pros, but there are definitely cons, such as a class C airport that covers a huge percentage of residential area...aka places I need to access for aerial real estate media. After requesting authorizations for the individual sections of housing areas spread about the airspace, today I received a complete blanket authorization for the whole grid! I guess they just got tired of seeing my applications and put 2&2 together. Lol Big Mahalo to the FAA!
  8. RE CLASS E AIRSPACE: Over the past Labor Day weekend I flew in Provincetown, MA, or "PTOWN." Interesting drone issues on the very tip of Cape Cod. a town that swells to many thousands of day trippers and summer residents, guests far beyond its base population. PTOWN supports a very active PVC airport, called Ptown Municipal Airport, aka "MUNI." Ptown is officially in Echo Airspace, "unregulated under 700" feet but according to the sectional: down to 500 AGL. However "unregulated" aside, the double whammy is the airport proximity, as it is very close to anywhere in town. But its easy to stay away from it as it is on the far end of "Race Point." . One restrictive bit of geography is the entire area features the National Cape Cod Seashore, a National Park, which prohibits all drone over flights, launching or landing in the National Seashore. And the sectionals clearly show those boundaries. There are sections of Ptown where drone flight is permitted, and other areas "down the road" with less restrictions. To fly "in town" the MUNI airport requires pilots to check in with a very gracious airport manager, Arthur "Butch" Lisenby. Because Ptown is grappling with drone permitting, "Butch" requests notification on planned flights as well as a heads-up to the Ptown Police Department. Early morning flights are generally permitted: hence no people. MUNI and the PD were gracious and appreciative. While I informed both "MUNI" & the PD prior to each flight, they became a tad annoyed at my frequent calls. They would have preferred a "shot list" with times and locations in one call or so. However, I was flying ad-hoc, with high winds often changing my plans. The DJI Geo Fencing had to be alerted to allow flight & became annoying, as I had PERMISSION! And I had gone to the website to register my flight plans but evidently my time frame didn't "take" & had to re-do the request every morning. OF course the big brother of DJI had no idea I was fully permitted by local authorities. LOL. Fortunately wifi was readily available to get into the DJI system, where I was already registered. Hands down, the Ptown Police were sweet, acknowledged they were trying to find a good "middle ground" to insure drones weren't over people etc. Hats off the "MUNI manager Butch and Ptown PD. and Chief Jim Golden and his dispatch PO Sara Bartholomew.
  9. Hello everyone,I already submitted my first Airspace Authorization request about 100 days now.Sent them an email to help@faa.gov,they answered me that they are overwhelmed by the high volume requests.Considering the job market,I'm sure that many pilots are frustrated like me.Can not earn a $ of it.I made 40 requests which will allow me to do commercial flies,nothing happened since that email.Anyone having the same frustration.My first request was made on June 6th/2017.At least they have to extend the validity period of our license,cause we are unable to use it.Thoughts
  10. Have you requested a waiver or an airspace authorization from the FAA? If so, I would be very interested to hear about your experience. What were you looking for, what did you end up getting, how long did it take, and so on. I've already gotten an airspace authorization (not as much as I wanted) and am waiting for a waiver of Daylight Operations. How about you?
  11. Need some help from those of you who have processed, or have in process, a request for airspace authorization. 1) I submitted a request today for airspace authorization. Should I expect to receive any response from the FAA with a tracking number or something else that acknowledges my request is in their system? If so, how soon?? 2) Your opinion please - This was my first request - for authorization to fly near a specific airport. There are other airports in my area for which I would like to request airspace authorization. Should I wait until my first request is approved to apply for the others or may I go ahead and apply for the others right away? Thanks in advance for sharing your expertise!
  12. LookingUp

    Air space and inspections

    Good morning; I am new to this but am trying to do roof inspections in south Florida. In my research, it appears that there is virtually a NFZ from Miami to West Palm Beach. I think Delray Beach and Boynton Beach have a few areas that can be flown. I see several drone companies doing inspections in the NFZ areas. How can this be? Do I need authorization, or a waiver? I would be flying at 40 AGL. Thank you for your help
  13. I thought I'd post this for the benefit of others. I received an authorization the other day with a wonky "No Fly" zone. It was difficult to read on the hazy aerial photo the FAA used to show it. Fortunately, I was able to upload the coordinates to Google Earth that shows the specific area overlaid on quality imagery. Was also able to find a data file that puts US Airspace on Google Earth too - there are some things that are a little off, but its a great tool to use with your sectional for planning purposes. http://ef.engr.utk.edu/ef105-2012-01/modules/excel2/excel-googleearth.php http://3dairspace.org.uk/airspace.html
  14. If I am within the fuzzy magenta boundary, the legend says it's class E airspace with a floor 700 feet above the surface. Does that mean that if I am flying at 699 feet or below, within that same boundary, that I am in class G uncontrolled airspace? My home is within the fuzzy magenta boundary, I would like to know for sure that I'm legal to fly without ATC approval if below 400 feet. Thanks so much!!
  15. I live within Class E airspace with a floor at 700' AGL (according to the regional chart legend), which I interpret to mean that Class G airspace exists from surface to 700' AGL. I'm a bit confused with the requirement (or not) to notify a nearby small airport if I'm operating a sUAS withing 5 NM of that airport (no change in airspace categorization at the airport). And does that requirement (or not) change depending if you are flying as a recreational pilot vs a Part 107 remote PIC. Please cite applicable FAA rules or guidelines. Thanks!
  16. Ed O'Grady

    VERY IMPORTANT RE WAIVERS

    FAA released info today re waivers and the status of them. This is important, so please read here http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=86707
  17. Hi all, I have a question about filming a property near a private airport so I'm posting it here to just sort of check my thinking and make sure I do the right thing. I have been asked to take photos of a property near this address: 5260 W Hunt Hwy, Queen Creek, AZ 85142 If you look at the graphic here (http://bit.ly/2jSPJoL), or type the address into AirMap (https://app.airmap.io/), you will see that the location is just outside the Class D airspace of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport, but it is very close to a private airport - Pegasus Airpark (https://skyvector.com/airport/5AZ3/Pegasus-Airpark-Airport). AirMap makes this very confusing because it's clearly not a Class D airspace but clicking the "Commercial" box shows a circle around the airport that indicates "areas around airports where commercial operations of drones may be restricted or require notice or authorization." Not exactly super clear. I *think* this means that I DO NOT need to apply for a waiver, but I DO need to contact the airport before flying. Do I have that right? Thanks for any thoughts or feedback, Chris
  18. Well... This post started out very differently than it is now, but that is due to a second, follow up call I received. I had an excellent initial phone call with a guy at my local FSDO, Kevin Doty, about airspace clearance authorization process. I had called on Tuesday Jan 31, 2017 to look into whether or not a site was clear of Class D airspace (more on that here). He returned my call just now and collaborated with me on this location, but then the call took a different turn as he started to elaborate on the interpretation of Part 107.41, operation in certain airspace. In his follow up phone call, he confirmed what we all seem to understand in that for any airspace clearance authorization, we need to fill out the form on the FAA website. We had a very good discussion and he was unaware of many of the frustrations we have about the approval process. He said he would bring it up for discussion during the next weekly call he is on where people from all FSDO across the country get on to discuss things. In the end, he offered to follow up for me on a request I've had out there since November 2016 - pretty cool I thought. On that note, I encourage you to reach out to your local FSDO and TALK with someone there, if possible. Ask them if they are aware of the current approval process on the webpage and if they are, ask them if they are aware of the frustrations remote pilots have with it. You might find that they are unaware of these things. Perhaps this will raise enough awareness within the FAA to move things along faster, on the plus side, you'll have a good contact at the FAA to ensure you can fly safe. I attached a zip file containing PDFs that I extracted from each of the regional guides for each area FSDO office phone number - finding that was like finding a needle in a haystack. The more we work together on this, the better things will be for all of us. @Alan Perlman FSDO.zip
  19. Ed O'Grady

    FAA Enforcement Action

    For those who have not seen this yet. The fine was negotiated but bear in mind it was sort of a barter deal. They traded off making PSA's. Folks don't realize that the NYC area is HIGHLY controlled airspace and FAA has a very large staff in the area as well. Know your airspace! For Immediate Release January 17, 2017 Contact: Laura Brown (laura.j.brown@faa.gov) / Les Dorr (les.dorr@faa.gov) Phone: 202-359-3680 or 202-267-3461 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today announced a comprehensive settlement agreement with SkyPan International, Inc., of Chicago. The agreement resolves enforcement cases that alleged the company operated unmanned aircraft (UAS) in congested airspace over New York City and Chicago, and violated airspace regulations and aircraft operating rules. Under the terms of the agreement, SkyPan will pay a $200,000 civil penalty. The company also agrees to pay an additional $150,000 if it violates Federal Aviation Regulations in the next year, and $150,000 more if it fails to comply with the terms of the settlement agreement. SkyPan also agrees to work with the FAA to release three public service announcements in the next 12 months to support the FAA’s public outreach campaigns that encourage drone operators to learn and comply with UAS regulations. The agreement settles enforcement cases involving a $1.9 million civil penalty that the FAA proposed against SkyPan International, Inc. of Chicago in October 2015. It is the largest civil penalty the agency has proposed against a UAS operator. SkyPan Press Release
  20. Ed O'Grady

    Airspace Authorizations

    Yes Virginia, it's finally happening! And no, it's not rigged! Here's my story from today, Friday 10/28. This is Florida v Georgia weekend in SE Georgia and it was my duty to head to Winn Dixie right near KSSI to load up on critical weekend items. While in Winn Dixie (that's where all my important calls are received it seems) I got a call from area code 281 and I thought it was probably a nonsense call - I get lots of them. Turns out it was FAA and he was a former controller now doing part 107 waivers. He was working from home on this one. We must have been on the phone for 20 minutes or so (in the salad oil aisle) and he was definitely working with me trying to get me the best solution for my airspace authorization request. First of all, he explained and apologized for the unclear instructions on the website. Airspace authorizations are intended to be issued for a short term operation perhaps for 1 or 2 operations, not long term. I was looking for a waiver here to fly in Class E Sfc airspace for an extended period and that really requires a waiver, he said.. So here's what I have gathered from everything. The authorizations will be granted based on the lowest controlled airspace grid. In my case, the grids over the runway at SSI obviously are set to Zero. So that means that within 3 miles of the airport, he can only issue a Zero. But he then went on to describe my area as he sees it and suggested that he move my "spot" northward and after going back and forth, he called me back and is granting me 100' agl from 3nm away from the airport up to 5 nm. After that , the airspace is Class E with 700 ft floor so I can fly all I want. Now this doesn't really help me all that much, but it's a start. He also talked about the smartphone authorization down the road. We both agreed to not hold our breath! He explained that I can request a waiver and the fact that he's granting this one does not hurt me as far as getting another. He called back and said that he will email to me on Monday and it will be effective next week. (I actually got it later today and it is effective tomorrow). I was very impressed with his interest in MY needs and he worked hard to try to help me. For now I will accept this and move from here. I think the lesson here is that FAA is really trying to work for us and we need to accept that and be appreciative of that commitment to the needs of the licensed sUAS community. It's not perfect, we know it and so do they, but we will move forward from here. Fly Safe. Ed
  21. Helo

    Contacting the Tower

    This topic might have already been covered but I am very green to this industry and simply don't know how to proceed with a few things. First, I passed my Section 107 and am awaiting my temp certification. Once I have that I have several places to fly for customers and I want to make sure I do things properly. IF i find myself in a position where i need to contact a tower for authorization to fly, how do I go about doing that? Please don't hammer me if this is a overly discussed procedure but Im simply wanting to make sure I do things the right way. Jake
  22. Z.Spray

    Flying in Alert Areas

    Can I fly here? I'm wanting to double check whether I can fly in this Alert Area: A-531 (see attached snippet area of Charlotte Sectional and supplement). As I understand it flying in the area North of the town of Troy the Alert Area (A-531) is in effect Monday to Friday 0600 to 2400 and during weekends via NOTAM and between 200ft and 1500ft AGL, meaning that I should be able to fly below 200ft AGL during the week, whilst being alert for manned aircraft or during the weekend up to 400ft as long as I check NOTAMs before flying. I do have my part 107 and North Carolina commercial drone certification. Can anyone confirm this is correct? And if not, do I have to apply for a CoWA to fly commercially here? Thanks!
  23. KKeefe

    ATC Authorization

    Hi, I attempted contacting ATC for an airport whose airspace (Class D) covers my area of interest. I was told that ATC could neither confirm nor deny me entry and that I need to fill out a form and submit it to the FAA for airspace authorization. Does anyone know when this became the process? I thought that we were required to contact ATC directly to obtain prior authorization. It seems to me that this process of submitting with the FAA and waiting for them to give ATC approval to give me approval is inefficient and a hassle. Has anyone submitted an airspace authorization form to the FAA? What was the turn around time? I really hope it's not 90 days.
  24. Hey all, Basic questions. I just want to double check a few things. I know we can fly without ATC permission in class G airspace. In Class E airspace with an airport with a surface level of 700ft, we do not need permission to fly to our usual 400 ft. Heres my example below. I live within Meriden Markham Airport which is Class E airspace (and takes up a lot of space surrounding), however, all below is Class G. This being said I am clear to fly where ever I please, of course keeping an eye out for any aircrafts and without hitting Class D (just has to be said ).
  25. FlyByDroning

    AirSpace Map - Apps

    Just wondering what everyone else uses? I am supposed to be receiving my new Phantom 3 today and I think DJI provides a mapping application, but was wondering if anyone has any insight into the accuracy of all the ones that are out there. Here is a good article that lists many options in case anyone else is looking around. AirMap for Drones looks to be a promising provider. With so much emphasis on regulations now, I'm guessing all these players will be fighting to become the "most accurate". http://www.directionsmag.com/entry/no-fly-maps-now-available-to-uav-pilots/454101 Also, are there some that you know of that we should definitely STAY AWAY from?