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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. I am a retired Aerial Cinematographer who worked on Studio and Commercial jobs exclusively for about 30 years. I also hold a FAA Private Pilot Licence for Helicopters and Fixed Wing, and I'm working on the UAV add-on. I will not be looking for assignments, but will be seeking passive income through supplying a stock footage agency with 4k+ scenic footage. My question to the experienced Drone pilots here, are there any drone controllers that allow two people to operate; one to pilot the aircraft and another to pan, tilt, zoom, focus and apply frame rate and aperture changes to the camera and lenses? http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0565623/
  4. 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
  5. https://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoglia/2017/09/21/federal-judge-overturns-city-drone-ordinance-in-first-ruling-of-its-kind/#7f77cbe11217 Finally! I know this is not over but it is a definite step in the right direction.
  6. A couple of months ago FAA announced they would be doing a test program of 50 Small US cities allowing a ceiling of 80' without needing authorization. They said it would be in September with no specific date. Just wondering if anyone has heard about the activation date ? Thank, Frank
  7. Temp Certificate

    Has anyone that past part 107 recieved their temporary certifications yet? I'm going on 6 days now waiting for mine. I think when I finished the application it said 36 hours. Jake
  8. Not to long ago I received my first airspace authorization after about 2 months. When I applied I submitted to applications, one for airspace authorization in Class D Airspace with 90 days out, as I had a flexible client.. And another for a job that I would lose unless I could get the authorization within 30 days. The one I submitted for 30 days was denied based on the timeframe. The one I submitted for 90 days was approve. I'm curious the way you guys are approaching requesting authorizations that you need before the 90 days. Can I assume that any request with a start date within 90 days will be denied? I have shoots that I need to get done asap, but I'm worried If I fill out the application with a start date sooner than 90 days it will get denied. Has anyone been approved for authorizations with start dates sooner than 90 days out? If so, how did you determine your start date? Any advice on submitting applications for authorizations for projects that are flexible on exact dates but generally time sensitive (the sooner scheduled the better) would be great.
  9. 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?
  10. Hi all, was stumped by this question over the weekend: To the southwest of Suffolk Exec (SFQ) airport, there's the word DRONE. What does that mean?
  11. It's been all over the news today and blowing up on Twitter. Figured I'd post it here. Appeals Court Strikes Down FAA Drone Registration Rule
  12. Hello all, I am a part 107 certificate holder located in Los Angeles. I have some questions about an upcoming shoot that I've been hired to do in New York City. A high-end property management company has hired me to shoot drone footage of three of their buildings in New York City at the end of July. 2 of the buildings are in midtown and 1 of them is in the financial district. I have a few specific questions regarding these properties... 1. According to Airmap, there is a permenant TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) around the southern part of Central Park extending about 10 blocks south of the park. I imagine that this is because of Trump Tower but I can't be sure. It seems difficult to believe that this large area of Manhattan is permenantly off-limits even when the President is out of town. Does anyone have any information about this? 2. The building in the financial district (55 Broadway) appears to be in class G airspace which seems hard to believe. My general question about flying professionally in NYC is if there are additional, local actions that need to be taken even after obtaining an FAA part 107 waiver? Does anyone have any information or experience flying for clients in Manhattan? I would appreciate any and all help. Thanks!
  13. Hey everybody, just wanted to pass on some info about dealing with the FAA and NOTAMs (Notice to Airmen). I have been traveling around the country shooting with a Phantom 3 Pro for an MTV show. I start the process as soon as production can give me the info.(welcome to reality TV!) You will need a pretty good idea of locations and time frame. First I use "airmap" which is a great app for getting local contact info for heliports, schools, etc. Then I go to skyvector.com, which are sectional maps, to get exact Latitude/Longitude of where I will be operating. Then I call the FAA (877-487-6867) to get a NOTAM registered The FAA will ask you for the following info: - Lat/ Long of area for the operation - Proximity to local airports especially anything within 5 NM - Radius of operation (NM) - Height of operation (AGL) - Date and time (local or Zulu) - your name and contact info - Organization name They will then issue a NOTAM #. I keep this info with me when shooting incase anybody asks me if I have permission, etc. And it reassures the producers that you are doing your due diligence. Hope this helps!
  14. Hi all, I live/work in the Phoenix metropolitan area and one of my biggest concerns is with Class D airspace. So far I'm just doing real estate work. If you look at Phoenix with AirMap or VFRMAP you will see that an awful lot of the area is covered by Class D air space (in addition to the Class B airspace for Sky Harbor). So far I've been lucky - the houses I've been hired to shoot were in Class G, but it's just a matter of time before I get a house that's in Class D. My issue is the time it takes to get an authorization from the FAA. No realtor is going to wait weeks or possibly months for an FAA authorization form. I got a call today and the realtor wants the house shot before Monday - that's typical. Again, in this case I'm in luck because the house is in Class G, but I'm wondering what other people are doing to handle this situation. Are you waiting for the waiver? Are you turning down the work? Are you just flying anyway without a waiver? And does anyone know what the current wait time is for a Class D waiver? Thanks, Chris
  15. FAA Drone-Related Fines

    Hi All, A couple of weeks ago, I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FAA to get a listing of all drone-related fines they had ever been given out. I got the report last week and wanted to share it here. In addition to just sharing the information, I'm also interested to hear what other UAV pilots might think about it. You can access the full report here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/szig0d8f8rz6tn5/2017-003367_Redacted.pdf?dl=0 I have to confess that I got the idea from an article I read that was written back in June - https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/faa-drone-fines That article made me wonder how things might have changed since the new Part 107 rules went into effect. I haven't parsed through it yet but from first glance it seems there were 21 violations as of June 2016 and since then there are only 4 more violations as of January 31st. That's interesting to me but not sure exactly what to think about it yet. Chris
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Lead paragraph from the Pop Sci article this week, with link at the end: http://www.popsci.com/it-is-federal-crime-to-shoot-down-drone-says-faa They need to be more precise--is the crime the act of shooting, or only if you are successful at shooting it down?? They say the latter but it I'm quite certain it's the former, regardless of success or not. Same law that they use to file charges against people using lasers against aircraft, I believe.
  19. Hi all

    Hi all, Just a quick hello from the UK. Looking to connect with other's from around the World. Cheers, Steve FAA Dispatch Instructor
  20. PART 107 NPRM

    So from the reading i have been doing this morning it looks as if the FAA is planning to release the finalized NPRM Part 107... On Tuesday the 21st of June. This means that tomorrow could very well change the landscape of the UAV industry in the united states. Here is one of the articles i have been perusing to find out more information: http://www.suasnews.com/2016/06/part-107-drone-operators-need-know/ For those of you pending a 333, or waiting to see this could be a very exciting day that will help to lower your barrier of entry into the commercial UAV marketplace. Keep in mind this is still the federal government and the pace of implementation may be slow (several months or more). There is a lot to be done to set up new test and structure the licensure process. The nice thing is they have an infrastructure in place that already does digital tests for aeronautical knowledge, so this should help to speed up the process. If you are looking to do more than your typical sUAS operation (night flights, beyond VLOS, above 500 feet, over 55 lbs, there will still be a 333 exemption process for these more advanced operations. But most of your boiler plate operations and pre approved FAA blanket COA drones will be able to operate under the guidance and rules set forth in part 107. Cheers, and get ready to do some great flying! cc @Alan Perlman
  21. FAA makes "Part 107" June update

    Here is a link to the FAA "Part 107" update........ The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the final Small UAS Rule this morning. The press release is available at: https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=20515.
  22. Part 107 Update

    Read this this morning: http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/4/11590646/faa-drone-swarm-intel-light-show-part-107. It sounds promising. If you haven't already filed, I think there is no reason to go through the trouble and expense of filing for a 333 exemption.
  23. Anyone have the soop, on whether its easier or not to receive the exemption if you can prove to the feds you're already licensed pilot, holding a medical? Currently, I have an ATP, CFII licenses, with medical and just applied for the exemption, and I wonder if they're more lenient towards licensed pilots. Anyone know if this helps? I did the exemption process myself and now starting to wonder if I shouldn't have paid an attorney to draft it for me.
  24. It's been a long time coming, but we're happy to announce that we've received our FAA Section 333 exemption. Our team patiently waited 6 months and 2 days for our Section 333 Exemption (and Blanket COA) from the FAA. We received it and are now cleared to operate commercially! Is it a perfect process? No. Is it the only door the FAA has given us to comply here in the US? Yep, sure is. While I’m proud to be one of 4000 companies who have successfully navigate this process, I’ll be even more proud when cleaner sUAS rules are put into place." In case you're interested in the guidelines I need to follow to comply with the Exemption and COA requirements, attached are links to my approved paperwork. Makalu-Ventures-LLC-15443.pdf Approved UAS for Publication (3-4-2016).pdf 200 COA Effective 7-1-2015.pdf