I just got my first drone (!!) and I am already up to my eyeballs in these regulations. I would like to fly my drone (DJI Mavik) as a hobbyist just to get some practice and have fun. However...
I happen to live within 5 miles (but further than 3) of two airports: MD95 and 2MD5. Both of them are private, untowered, no ATC, no instrument guidance, have dirt runways, and one of them is completely unattended. (I saw several other posts on the forum about this issue, but the airports appeared to be larger) Based on what I've read, it appears that I would need to contact the owner or operator of both before each flight to let them know I'm flying as a hobbyist. Does that sound right? I half expect to not get any answer if I call these places. I also wonder if they want me calling every other day when I take the drone for a spin.
I am also under the impression that if I got a Part 017 Drone Certificate, that would allow me to fly without notification - since it appears to be uncontrolled space. But does that require me to be under commercial operation? Or can I fly recreational under the same rules with a certification?
I am just trying to figure out the safest way to fly that, hopefully, won't require me to give two people a ring every other day I want to fly for a few minutes.