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  1. I'm the only airspace waiver request that I know of. I had to raise bloody hell about it to get it to happen. I think it's because Indiana University has been trying to get a 333 exemption since 2015.
  2. Uaviator53, I submitted a "fake" waiver request just so that I could send them that very comment as feedback. I also said that you should get an email confirmation as well.
  3. My waiver is good for 8 months. They asked that I reapply in about 6 months, as their processes will undergo some renovations over the next year. I didn't ask this....but since our waiver involves airspace and not something benign like flying over people, I think they might make airspace waivers more short term. Just speculation on my part.
  4. Hi Marcel, I've had many emails and a few phone calls with the FAA since I posted this topic. I've learned a lot. First...a few thoughts. If you are flying commercially, and most likely you are doing this under Part 107, you must use the online waiver form to ask for clearance. The reason is simple.... the FAA is trying to keep things as streamlined and safe as possible. After talking with someone whose job it is to vet the waiver requests.....I now have a better understanding of what's happening. The number one job of controllers at towers and ATC centers across the country is keeping traffic separated and safe. They really can't be distracted by phone calls with drone operators every time someone wants to fly in their airspace. When you fill out the waiver form online, this information is collected and the FAA worker then personally contacts the relevant controller for that airspace on your behalf. (I think they've contracted an aviation-related company to manage the waiver requests) Since that controller is most familiar with the airspace or area, they are most qualified to say what kind of separation requirements are needed. That info is then typed up and sent to you as your waiver. The real benefit of this method over a phone call is that all interested parties can be notified of your waiver...not just the controller. If you were to call the controller on your own...whose to say that person might grant your request, but forget to tell someone later? The other benefit of the form is it will be long term....up to a few years! Since posting this thread, I was able to get a Class E surface airspace waiver. So I'm now able to fly over the campus of Indiana University. BUT...because I need to fly in airspace that is an IFR approach to a runway, I am restricted to 300 feet AGL. I think that is a good and safe compromise. Some other bits I've learned.....for now...waivers are PILOT SPECIFIC. Just because someone else has that waiver on the Chicago chart, that does not mean you are authorized to fly there. I spoke to someone at the FAA directly about this. It's a big no-no. Finally..the FAA IS aware of the loophole that exists regarding hobbyists, Part 107 operators, and flying in controlled airspace. I was told, and I'm paraphrasing here.... this whole thing is a work in progress.
  5. Two weeks ago I submitted a waiver request using the online form for a surface Class E waiver. Today I received this email... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Thank you for submitting your airspace authorization request to operate under Part 107.41. The FAA is making every effort to process airspace authorization requests as quickly as possible. Air Traffic Control facilities are currently identifying those areas where authorizations can be approved without adversely impacting the safety of manned flight, developing and implementing local procedures to support Part 107 operations, and training the Air Traffic Control workforce. As a result, Air Traffic facilities and UAS operators will begin to receive approved authorizations according to the schedule below: • Class D & E Surface Area October 3, 2016 • Class C October 31, 2016 • Class B December 5, 2016 Unfortunately, the airspace authorization request you submitted has a start date prior to the dates listed above or was not submitted within enough time to allow proper processing (applications should be submitted to allow 90 days for processing). Therefore, we will not be able to process your request in time to support your planned operation. If you still require an airspace authorization, please resubmit your request with a start date after the dates listed above. We apologize for this inconvenience as we improve and streamline the Part 107 airspace authorization process. Respectfully, Air Traffic Organization Emerging Technologies, AJV-115" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I have to say that I am totally frustrated with the FAA’s handling of this whole drone thing. We have been trying to get approved through various methods….333, COA, Part 107….for over a year now. We keep running up against obstacles. Each time we are delayed due to FAA procedures, we are losing revenue. We are not able to capture marketing material to support the Indiana University brand…directly because of FAA procedures. We first submitted our application for a 333 exemption back in November of last year in hopes that it would be approved in time for us to capture fall scenics. Our application did not post to the site until January of 2016. During that time, the approval time also CHANGED from 60 days to 120 days, but our application was not given any consideration. And we missed the spring photo season of 2016. THEN the 333 was scrapped altogether, and I then went the route of the Part 107 license. I discovered that under the new rules, the campus at IU Bloomington was in Class E surface airspace. So now we are AGAIN missing the fall foliage and beautiful look of campus….and the LOSS of revenue from clients who want us to video during this time. I then applied for an airspace waiver. Yesterday I received the email above..two weeks after submission. I am now just pissed at this point. I don’t really care if my request for a start date was before October 3rd….I just want my request approved. I’ll fly whenever I can. But the fact that I now have to resubmit is so frustrating I am beside myself. I don’t know how else to say it… we are not making money because the FAA can’t get its act together, or isn’t communicating with the people who are trying to play by the rules. I will NOW resubmit my waiver request. If there is anyone else I should talk to, I’m all ears. But right now…..this system has totally failed Indiana University. Respectfully, Eric Rudd
  6. I sure hope so. We applied for our 333 over a year ago. Then went the 107 route. Now we have to wait for the waiver to clear. The crazy thing is....months ago I went over to our local airport to talk to the tower and airport manager. They were fine with it. :o)
  7. Anyone know if you have people over whom you are flying (for example, a "staged" shoot) sign waivers...are you allowed to fly over them?
  8. Thank you, Alan. I appreciate it. I've applied for the waiver. Hopefully won't take too long.
  9. Alan, can you weigh in please? I need a clarification on surface Class E airspace under Part 107. I've attached two images. The first shows a sectional chart showing Bloomington, Indiana (BMG). I will be flying for Indiana University which is East North East of BMG and the city. Our stadium is shown on the sectional and I've indicated it with a red arrow. There is a road (Indiana Avenue) which runs directly north south from the stadium. Indiana Avenue is the western-most border of the campus. I've just noticed that there is what appears to be a surface Class E extension (probably for an IFR approach) that looks like it falls directly over campus. Please look at the attached Google map image. I've surrounded the campus with a black frame. So....if I want to fly under Part 107, am I correct in thinking that I must file the online FAA Waiver when I need to fly, since Class E goes to the surface? I did some research, and if I was only flying as a hobbyist, I read that I only would need to be 5miles from the airport, but no mention of not flying in controlled airspace. Are you telling me that a hobbyist can fly on campus without a waiver, but I can't? That seems dumb and irritating. Thoughts? I would love a clarification please.
  10. Can you guys help clarify something for me? If I need, or would like, to fly higher than 400 feet, and that flight does NOT take me into controlled airspace, is the proper course of action to file an airspace authorization waiver using the online form? Thanks!
  11. Just had to brag. Passed my Part 107 written test this morning. Scored 90%. Would have done a bit better if not for changing my answers to a couple questions last minute (they always say to go with your gut on tests like these). Anyway.... I have my PP-ASEL certificate (not current) and now my UAS tag. Looking forward to doing some flying for hire soon. Eric Rudd
  12. This is from the drone course.... "Pilots should exercise caution in alert areas. Alert areas are depicted on aeronautical charts with an “A” followed by a number (e.g., A-211) to inform nonparticipating pilots of areas that may contain a high volume of pilot training or an unusual type of aerial activity. All activity within an alert area shall be conducted in accordance with regulations, without waiver, and pilots of participating aircraft, as well as pilots transiting the area, shall be equally responsible for collision avoidance." And this from a publication put out by AOPA... "Alert areas are airspace in which an unusual type of aerial activity or dense pilot training takes place. They advise pilots of possible aerial conflicts, but have no special rules. Alert areas are identified on sectional charts by areas marked with the letter “A,” followed by a number. Alert area altitudes differ for each area and can be determined by consulting sectional chart legends." My personal advice would be to contact your local Flight Service Station to inquire about activity in this area prior to flying and to check NOTAMs. They also might be able to tell you who would be conducting the activity, if any.
  13. Hi everyone.... I am writing to get some recommendations for drone workshops in the US. I will be flying commercially soon, but want to go get some practical training. I'm sure there are some tips I could pick up at some of the better workshops. I am currently flying the Inspire 1. Thoughts? Eric