Ed O'Grady

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  1. Well, we'll see if it pans out this time - I have my doubts.
  2. "Deja Vu all over again" as the great philosopher Yogi Berra once said. And to add, here's what the FAA said late today. https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=91885
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    Hello from Lancashire

    I totally agree with @Av8Chuck on this issue. There are folks on this forum who are employed in the educational field - let's hear from them. Like them or not, what about the AMA? AOPA? And on and on. Alan, your thoughts???
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    Hello from Lancashire

    Unfortunately, I don't have any specific information for you regarding disabled folks and drones. But I can tell you this - when you have questions, just post them and you will get answers here. There are a lot of talented people here that are willing to share. Don't be afraid to ask.
  5. Don't forget that flying indoors is not regulated by FAA. So an empty gym, aircraft hangar, or wharehouse might be an option.
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    Drone pilot certificate for international students

    my pleasure
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    Drone pilot certificate for international students

    Alan will have to answer the question about the course and the completion certificate. However, it is not possible to take the Part 107 exam online UNLESS you currently hold an FAA Certificate for manned a/c and you are current re that. The Part 107 exam is given only at approved FAA testing centers here in the US and a few US territories. No way around that.
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    Drone pilot certificate for international students

    Until Alan gets a chance to respond, let me ask a few questions here. I'm assuming that you mean an international student studying in the USA. And by the certificate, I assume you mean a certificate of completion of the course. Then what? To fly commercially, you would then need to go on to take the FAA Part 107 exam. Am I correct here ?
  9. Released this morning, 10/01 https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=91744
  10. But wait, there's less! Couldn't resist the Ron Pompeil play on words! Regardless of the numbers that FAA throws around and along with other industry folks as well, how many Part 107 Certificate holders are really interested in any serious pursuit of commercial sUAS activity ? Hey, Chuck has a serious enterprise happening and others here may as well, but I really believe that any advocacy group would be hard pressed to garner, let's just say, $300 annually to support sUAS activities and support efforts to watch dog FAA regs from more than a small percentage of Part 107 folks. We still have no idea as to how many Part 107 folks will actually re-up. I have, and thanks to Alan's cram sheet, I got a 93 but nobody cares (nor do I actually - I passed). My question is, and I suppose I will get blasted here, where is this "industry" really going? Is it going anywhere? What is that direction and on what scale?
  11. While the new regulations for hobbyists are significant, in the real world it probably makes little difference. FAA has no enforcement of Part 107 as it stands right now and there is no reason for them to increase that. They are increasing cooperation with local agencies for the purpose of investigating reported sighting by commercial aircraft around airports, but I sense that's more of a political gesture than anything else.
  12. @R Martin, at least in my area, that's not completely correct. Now, for a moment, let's make certain that semantics are not getting in the way. I use Skyward as the pathway to LAANC and made about 40 requests in the last 60 days. In every case, "manual authorization" was required because I was requesting to fly higher than the grids indicated. All requests, by coincidence, were in 0 AGL grids AND all requests were in locations approx 1.7 to 1.8 miles from 2 different runways, AND all were directly under the approach to those runways. Now, a few of these requests "timed out". That is, FAA did not respond to Skyward within 24 hours of the operation so about 5 of these requests were cancelled. None were denied and all others were approved. In terms of timing, just this morning I received another authorization for one of those areas that was only submitted at 2:58 pm local time yesterday. The FAA facility responsible for my area is Jacksonville ARTCC and maybe I'm just lucky to have them but I really couldn't ask for more, given the FAA guidelines. But the key is that in a 0 AGL grid, I ask for 75 feet and I get it. 300 feet would get rejected I'm sure given the approach to these runways.
  13. The reason I suggested only applying for 2 grids is as follows from FAA: "If you make a request under Part 107.41 in the Drone Zone and ask for a wide-area or long-term authorization without an associated operational waiver, you will be sent a denial notice stating that you must apply for a specific date and location that can be reasonably flown in one day. " Let's see what happens with it.
  14. First of all, there is a single 150 grid. Wonder if that's correct - I've never seen one before. So are you asking FAA to approve the entire area in one fell swoop? I'm assuming you are excluding the 0 grids (the red no fly grids). My guess is very little chance of approval - almost none. My previous point was that if you were looking at, let's say, 2 adjacent grids of 100 and 200 AGL max altitudes, request 75ft. Otherwise, you would need to show clearly how you would avoid exceeding 100 ft as you transition the adjacent grid. Start small with 2 adjacent grids as a test.
  15. Oh well. I don't think "freelance" anybodies are useful in times of emergencies and natural disasters. I've handled many in my 20 years in the airline industry. I handled plane crashes, a bombing at LGA, and many serious snowstorms. There was NEVER room for amateurs - I needed pros and thank God, we had them! Dont want me to get me started!.