Dave Pitman

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  1. My friend, I absolutely see the problem and you have no idea the lobbying I, @Av8Chuck , and a few others have done directly with Brendan Schulman on this issue in another venue over 2 years. I'm simply trying to help you out. Regarding getting in touch with DJI, you can get a custom unlock for the period of your WAA. So, for example, if your COA is good until Sept. 2019, then DJI will give you an unlock for all of your registered craft for that same period. When you renew your COA, renew your DJI unlock and you're good for another year.
  2. Yes, I think I understood you correctly. You do understand that the FAA system has nothing to do with the DJI system. Just because you get a LAANC authorization, that has no effect on DJI's GEO restrictions. If you look at DJI's GEO map, you will see the restriction they have in place. I'm saying, if you contact DJI, and present a copy of your LAANC clearance a couple of days in advance, they can provide you a custom unlock of their GEO restriction that is saved to your craft and that limit should be removed. '
  3. So you received a custom unlock but are limited to 400' above takeoff point?
  4. You can pretty easily get any zone unlocked by (over-reaching) DJI through their custom unlocking process. You may however, still have issue with using alternate control apps.
  5. Since DJI simply will not (or cannot) control it's data scraping ways, their days selling craft in the US many be limited. https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/20/politics/dhs-chinese-drone-warning/index.html?no-st=1558398056
  6. Yeah, I just grabbed a quick link. My point was the ban has nothing to do with airspace. I have not done any work for DOD, but I have done a little for the DOE. Can you elaborate on the "broadening" comment?
  7. DOD doesn't control airspace. But, the use of off the shelf drone use is banned by DOD personnel. https://www.wired.com/story/army-dji-drone-ban/
  8. Chase has provided a nice summary. I would just emphasize that ceilings listed in the UAS Facility Maps https://www.faa.gov/uas/commercial_operators/uas_facility_maps/ do not mean you can operate up to those ceilings without getting authorization through LAANC or through https://faadronezone.faa.gov/#/ first. They are just a guide. Also, the FAA is a better source for the map than AirMap. https://faa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9c2e4406710048e19806ebf6a06754ad
  9. The P4A suffers from lack of range compared to the P4P or M2. The IQ produced by the P4P is slightly superior to the M2P and the M2P lacks UHD @ 60 fps. The M2 wins in portability and drawing less attention. Those are the main points. I own the P4P and M2P/zoom and like both. Note: Some people have had range and yaw issues with the P4P V2. The V1 is solid.
  10. Sure. BXM is not Class E (2) "airspace areas designated as a surface area for an airport." Class E (2) is depicted on sectional charts with a dashed magenta line. (see images for example.) So, the airport's facebook post is aimed at non-part 107 certificated operators. You have no requirement under Part 107 to notify the airport when you are operating. Hope this is making sense and is helpful !
  11. Class E has many flavors. Have a read of my reply here: Post a specific airport for what is required. Generalization has it's limits.
  12. While I haven't tried it, my initial reaction is that a joystick control seems like a great option if it is in a fixed environment, e.g. like when you are sitting in an aircraft or at a workstation with a sim. Walking around with it in an unfixed configuration with it attached to the remote does not seem ideal to me.
  13. Hi Lincon, In the 3 years since Part 107 became active, there are over 70,000 folks that have gotten the certificate. Are there high paying jobs out there? Probably a few. Are the majority of the jobs available paying between 100-400k? I'm afraid not. Please post any of those sites that make this claim.
  14. You need authorization in Class E(2) Airspace. §107.41 Operation in certain airspace. No person may operate a small unmanned aircraft in Class B, Class C, or Class D airspace or within the lateral boundaries of the surface area of Class E airspace designated for an airport unless that person has prior authorization from Air Traffic Control (ATC). The types of Class E are: E1 – Class E Airspace at and above 14,500 feet MSL E2 – Class E airspace areas designated as a surface area for an airport. E3 – Class E Airspace Areas Designated As An Extension To A Class C Surface Area E4 – Class E Airspace Areas Designated as an Extension to a Class D or Class E Surface Area E5 – Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet Or More Above The Surface of The Earth E6 – En route Domestic Airspace Areas E7 – Offshore Airspace Areas E8 – Class E Airspace Areas Designated As Federal Airways
  15. It's right in 107 §107.41 Operation in certain airspace. No person may operate a small unmanned aircraft in Class B, Class C, or Class D airspace or within the lateral boundaries of the surface area of Class E airspace designated for an airport unless that person has prior authorization from Air Traffic Control (ATC). The types of Class E are: E1 – Class E Airspace at and above 14,500 feet MSL E2 – Class E airspace areas designated as a surface area for an airport. E3 – Class E Airspace Areas Designated As An Extension To A Class C Surface Area E4 – Class E Airspace Areas Designated as an Extension to a Class D or Class E Surface Area E5 – Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet Or More Above The Surface of The Earth E6 – En route Domestic Airspace Areas E7 – Offshore Airspace Areas E8 – Class E Airspace Areas Designated As Federal Airways Class E2 is what is contained in 107.42 and not E3 or E4 which are designated as an Extension. Further, you can compare what the UAS facility map covers for an airport with Class E extensions and note that the grids do not include that airspace. A comparison of the airport in Olympia Washington for example.