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  1. Megan, I’m sure by now you discovered that you needed a part 107 Certificate. Did you get it yet? I wonder if there is a forum section for small, I mean one Remote Pilot, UAV businesses here?
  2. Hello Brooke, Have you considered joining your Community Emergency Management Response Team? This is a volunteer opportunity that your skills and experience could be used and perhaps expand them. The county emergency management manager and their web site would be a good start. Also FEMA has a PPP Public Private Partner program that you could participate in or help start one. The FEMA regional office contact should be the Preparedness Branch Specialist assigned to your state.
  3. Welcome tshift, I recommend you look into the NPPA National Press Photographer Association. They are one of the partners who presented during this weeks National Drone Safety Awareness Week. They may have scholarships that cover some of your startup and learning costs. I watched the presentation on Press Photography Safety that you may find helpful. I think it is on this page. https://dronesafetyawarenessweek.com/2020/11/25/drone-safety-awareness-week-on-demand/
  4. Welcome Skylight, you are in a state that requires Part 107 operators to test and register with the state in addition to the FAA. I did when I was there on business a couple of years ago. It is not to costly or difficult and adds another certification to your business. I flew regularly at Dorothea Dix park in Raleigh. This UAV provider is an excellent resource for UAV Remote Pilots. Good luck in your new venture.
  5. What matters is that unless you are granted a waiver by the FAA, your privileges are technically suspended until you take and pass the test. I was able to find a testing center and after passing am now current. It is just like a regular airman certificate that expires. The certificate remains valid but the airman is not permitted to exercise the privileges until becoming current again. If you have questions, I recommend calling your Flight Standards District Office of the FAA and speak to them. I did that and it helped me confirm that my actions were meeting the regulations.
  6. Are you an amateur hobbyist? If you are, you might contact a nearby Part 107 Operator and seek their assistance. Ask them to go with you to or near the school and supervise the your flight as RPIC.
  7. Taking the recurrence test is what you need to do. Once you pass it, you are current, just like that. Some testing locations were closed because of COVID-19 recently so that may be a factor. Yes there have been changes that will be included on the test and taking a course is the quickest way to prepare for the test. I took the recurrent test last month.
  8. Greetings, I’m new to the forum. I’m a Part 107 holder and am interested in starting and operating my own business using my DJI drones.