Ed O'Grady

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  1. 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?
  2. Well, we'll see if it pans out this time - I have my doubts.
  3. "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.
  6. 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 ?
  10. Released this morning, 10/01 https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=91744
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. @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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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!.
  17. Thanks @Luke for the update. It unfolded pretty much as I expected and I hope you were not sitting around waiting for the call! If you think about it, if you were the regional commander of whatever service, what would you do with a bunch of folks like me. You don't know me, what I can do, I don't know what you really want, and you're under a tremendous amount of pressure. Folks like me just get in the way.
  18. Rich, I suspect that KAPF has an FAA contract Tower (FCT) rather than one that is manned by FAA employees. Seems that these towers are not in the LAANC program and it's hard to find information on what's coming next regarding these airports. But I would not assume that the Airmap tag about "coming soon" means very much. FAA at the moment is not prone to issuing airspace waivers as you suggested. That does not mean you shouldn't apply for it however. The problem comes in when you are looking to transition from one grid to another and the altitudes are different. FAA does not really want to hear that you will do this and that to mitigate risk. You're best shot is to apply for the lowest common denominator. If the adjoining grids show 100/200/300 AGL altitudes, then you would be best to apply for 90 AGL. I'm not saying you can't get more than that - just saying that might make it easier. If you get it you can always reapply for higher. I am constantly flying in 0 AGL grids, literally under approaches to my airport and I have never been denied yet. I typically get approval in less that 36 hours but I make it easy on them. If I really only need 75 AGL, that's what I ask for and get. Even though I'm smack under a few approaches, if a manned a/c was at 75 feet then he's going into the marsh and has much bigger problems.
  19. That was my point. It goes on to say you need a part 107 certificate. My take is that somebody was writing this, fell asleep, and woke up and continued writing the wrong law!
  20. So I took a quick look at HR302. I'm certainly no expert at reading these horrible things (it's amazing anything ever gets done in Washington - oh that's right, it doesn't). For those that are interested, take a look at page 282 line 16. That's the beginning of Section 349. As we know, hobbyists that wish to operate within 5 miles of an airport must simply notify the airport management and the tower, if one is present. The hobbyist is not requesting permission or authorization, simply stating his intention to fly and he does not need to hold a Part 107 Certificate. So look at this section and tell me if that would change. I'm just not sure what it's saying.
  21. This is what I expected. Plus, I had some "inside info" and by that I mean my brother lives in Sunset Beach NC and was right in the crosshairs. He elected to take a hurrication and come south to my place to ride it out. He was back Sunday am with no damage whatsoever and his power was back Sunday afternoon. Flooding is a big problem and water is always the most serious side of these storms, but no big demand for drone operations The big guys have their own nowadays or at least a contracted operation that they know and trust. They certainly don't want me flying around their cell towers or high tension lines (I agree).
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    FAA Unmanned General Recurrent (UGR) test

    First of all, forget IACRA. FAA does not update the information there. here's an example (me). Original test taken 8/29/2016 and the card issue date shows 8/31/2016. that will never change. So I had to take the UGR exam by 8/31/2018 to remain current. I was not able to do that so I took the exam on 9/07/2018 and passed. That's it. You will be given the test report and my expiration of "currency" is shown as 9/30/2020. That's all there is to the paperwork. In my case, for a period of 7 days I was not "current" to fly under Part 107. But I added 1 month to my currency.
  23. A word of caution regarding the recurrent test. Your new certificate will reflect a 2 year period from the date you take and pass the recurrent exam. I spoke with CATS this morning and was in the process of scheduling my exam and I asked the question. As an example, my certificate exprires 31 August 2018. If I take the exam on 30 June 2018, the new certificate will expire 2 years from then thereby certifying me for only 10 months instead of 12 beyond my current expiration.
  24. Thanks for the post @Luke. I am not expecting to be called on this but I am hoping you and other folks do get the cal to arms. If everything that has been promised comes to fruition it will be a win/win I expect. Keep passing it along if you can and if you do go, be safe.
  25. Hey @Luke, have you heard anything further re the list for drone pilots for NC/SC?