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  1. 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!
  2. Hey Everyone! I am a newly-certified part 107 certified drone pilot and new here to the community. I need some guidance on what is possible and what waivers & authorization I can ask for under Part 107. I need to capture video and photos in 8 different locations in (about) a mile long stretch along I-75/I-85 (the Connector) in downtown Atlanta, GA for a large project to cross over the interstate corridor. I don't have a hard deadline, but it needs to be completed within 6 months if at all possible. I spoke with a guy at FSDO in my region and I'm even more confused now about what waivers & authorizations I need to get and if this is even possible. I'm super discouraged at the moment. He said I can only get up to 400', but because I'm in a class B airspace, he isn't sure if I can get up to 400'. But, then he said if I had authorization, I might be able to get up to 1000' AGL. Ideally, I want to be at 2350' AGL if possible. To make it easier, I plan to just go straight up and down (as opposed to crossing the 200 lanes of interstate). Would someone mind to have a look at my images/location and help me through my first stab at this? I have images saved in a shareable Google drive folder, but not sure if you need to see those to point me in the right direction. Thanks in advance for your help!!
  3. 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/
  4. Fotomon

    NOTAM vs UOA Notice

    Need some help understanding if filling out a UOA Notice on www.800wxbrief.com is the same as creating a NOTAM? Or does one also need to call in a NOTAM? "Per Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) direction, a NOTAM should be filed for Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations intended for commercial purposes, and for UAS operations that will be within National Airspace System. To file a NOTAM for your UAS operation contact Leidos Flight Service at 1-877-487-6867" As part of a request for authorization to fly in a Class B area, I plan on promising to file a NOTAM 24 hours prior to flying. Want to understand the process so hopefully the group can explain the best way to do this. Thanks
  5. Though I am new to the world of commercial drone photography and only last year passed and received my FAA and NC sUAV license, I have been a commercial photographer for over 35 years, based in Charlotte NC. My son and I are working toward creating a spin off of my business with drone work and creating professional results. With all the present and future construction and development near uptown, we have been asked to take on several projects in the area which means asking for an FAA authorization to fly in Class B airspace this Spring. Charlotte uptown (and the immediate vicinity) is all in Class B being within 5 miles of the airport, including my studio building and the nearby projects my client needs drone work done of. Challenging for sure if you abide by the rules. Many other commercial drone operators that have done work in this same area and had their work used by developers, are either skirting the law or possibly have gotten FAA authorization. Its impossible to tell but my guess is they are NOT getting the proper authorization. Thats not how I do business and will be submitting my first request in the next couple of days to ask for authorization. I have been reading through most, if not all the forum threads related to people making requests. Most are in Class C and D and have not found anyone mentioning that they received FAA authorization for Class B airspace. Has anyone??? Alan pointed me to some great examples of how other people have worded Authorization requests and I plan on applying parts of their language and how best to approach mitigating any and all safety concerns but it will be an uphill battle I expect. Because my studio building for over 30 years, is in the exact area I will be doing the work, I am very familiar with all the low level helicopter traffic that routinely fly there. Both of the local tv news operation helicopters (one of which I know the pilot of and have hired in the past fly me to do aerial work), the police helicopter and an air ambulance for a major hospital. Like I said, I really will need to do a great job in explaining all the safeguards I will take and show them I understand the challenges and will plan accordingly. Here are a few of the items I plan on including in my description and work flow. Any added suggestions or comments will greatly appreciated! • PIC will be myself, along with 2 VO's • I plan on having a vertical limit of 200ft AGL • Will always remain within VLOS • I expect to only fly for a max of 1 hour once a month for the next 6 weeks • I plan on posting a NOTAM via www.1800wxbrief.com 24 hours prior to flying. • I will list the Lat/Long of the location with a full description of surrounding streets and locations I have permission to take off from. My plan is to also use my contacts to reach out to the news pilots I know and even discuss with them. Get their input and if there are routinely flying at a particular altitude when this close to our uptown. In the past year, Charlotte has unfortunately had several incidents with hobby drone pilots coming way to close to both police and news helicopters. Add to this, my youngest son is a Army Black Hawk pilot, I will do this right or not at all. Thanks and look forward to any input and comments!
  6. Daniel Vavrecka

    Exact meaning.

    Hi everyone! I just would like your opinion and wisdom about something that is related to uav operation in Class D airspace. I have submitted the application to FAA for authorization to fly up to 350'agl for customer who's house is located in class D airspace back in August but still no response. After 2 months of waiting I received the update which basically stated that FAA is overwhelmed with applications and it can take more than 90 days to respond. Well it is well over 100 days and nothing! I will re-submit the application. But after checking the Aimap app I noticed that when creating the flight plan the advisory says that "near by airport is in Class D airspace requiring FAA authorization, permissible at or below 200ft. My question to you all is Do the mean that you can apply for authorization but not higher than 200ft or that you can fly even without the authorization at or below 200ft? I'm confused!
  7. Hey all, my name is Sean. I work for a national engineering firm. Over the past year I've taken the initiative to start a drone service in our firm. I am currently the only Part 107 Certified Pilot in the company. I currently fly an Inspire 2 and will be getting an Inspire 1 for thermal imaging in the near future. I am looking for any advice on streamlining FAA Airspace Authorization (understanding LAANC is not available here yet but hoping for early 2018), as a lot of our work doesn't allow me to plan as far in advance as the FAA would like. Hoping to get some advice to questions as they arise. Thanks!
  8. 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?
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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.