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  1. Here is a link to the FAA "Part 107" update........ The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the final Small UAS Rule this morning. The press release is available at:
  2. Anyone have the soop, on whether its easier or not to receive the exemption if you can prove to the feds you're already licensed pilot, holding a medical? Currently, I have an ATP, CFII licenses, with medical and just applied for the exemption, and I wonder if they're more lenient towards licensed pilots. Anyone know if this helps? I did the exemption process myself and now starting to wonder if I shouldn't have paid an attorney to draft it for me.
  3. Where do I start............You submit your 13-75 page 333 to and wait, and wait, and wait, and......................well 2-3 months later you have your business listed on their docket, then another two months later you wait and wait for the flag to be changed to approved so you now have your official 333 number. Now what.........well you have to purchase N#'s from the FAA website which is a GREAT smooth easy process and only cost $10. Next you have to request an FAA Form 8050 duplicate copy to hand write your serial number and the N tail # that you purchased and place the hand written document into snail mail and send off to Oklahoma City, then the next wait is on.............waiting for your official aircraft registration certificate. Now that six, eight, or ten months have gone by you might be all set to start flying commercially................OH WAIT!!!!!!! I listed my DJI Phantom 3 Pro on the original 333 request and now that 6-8 months have passed, I have upgraded to the new and improved DJI Phantom 4 aircraft. Now you are in a real have to submit an addendum to your original 333 and wait for that entire process to take place before you are legally able to fly your P4 as part of your 333. Well I have my 333 approved, and my good ol P3 Pro approved so now what. Well you are approved with a blanket COA (certificate of authority) up to 200 feet AGL. But the customer wants an aerial survey of their entire 3,000 acre property from 400 feet AGL. Now you get to learn what a COA is, what it stands for and the next .......the waiting process to submit your request to fly in a certain area. I hope your customer is not within 5 nautical miles of an airport, or you may never get it approved!!! Next you call the air traffic control tower and advise them of your intentions, PLAD - Plane, Location, Altitude, Destination or Length of flight in our UAV world. They will want to know who the PIC (Pilot in Command) is and the cell phone to that person. They might also require you to have a two way aircraft radio on hand and advise you to tune into the local approach or tower frequency. I recommend a nice Sporty 400 radio, nice unit for around $300. Well it has been almost a full year since you started your 333 process, purchased UAV's, purchased N Tail #'s, Registered the tail numbers, have received the airworthiness certificates and are finally ready to go fly your first job. Make sure you have copies of everything with you at all times....................thats a good start, Thanks Alan for such an awesome site for the community!!!!
  4. Hello Fellow Drone Pilots, Does anyone who has previous filed, or have received a FAA Exemption 333, ever had the opportunity to find out the status of their submittal at some point during the process? I have filed over 6 weeks ago and realize there is now many in-line since the end of December, but have no update or confirmation that it is in hand or processing. I have filed for my "N" number and have had correspondence on that, but nothing for the "333". I am also a licensed Private Pilot though not flying in the last 6-7 years and have a certificate, thanks to Alan, that I could provide to boost the acceptance, but there was no place I saw for this information initially. Any feedback is always appreciated.
  5. Greetings all, FYI. I attended an FAA briefing on 1/16/16 in Chandler, AZ. The FAA presenter(from the UAS integration office) was very confident that the Part 107 commercial operations rules (no manned aircraft pilot license required, written exam for UAS certificate) will likely come on June 2016. I know it's the government and deadlines have come and gone, but for what is worth; there may be light at the end of this tunnel.
  6. Seasoned aviator, long time RC aircraft pilot, new to Commercial UAV ops. Need help with this whole process, and here is my dilemma, any help will be appreciated: I live in a heavily saturated area, there are 7-12 overlapping vicinity conflicts, depending on which location I intend to shoot. (Using the 5NM towered airport / 3 NM uncontrolled airport / 2 NM heliport model) Do I need a COA/LOA with each of these operations before I can fly using my 333 exemption, or do I just need to work with the FAA towers for the relief to operate near the underlying heliports/airports/seaplane bases? I also live within the "Mode C veil," for a class "B" airport, how do I overcome the lack of a "Mode C" Transponder? Any help would be appreciated I have a lot of work available, but need to operate fully and completely within the confines of legality. Thanks again, Shawn