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  1. Hey Pilots! I had to do some airspace research for an upcoming and I found this great resource for drone airspace that is administered directly from the FAA. Here is the link: https://faa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9c2e4406710048e19806ebf6a06754ad What I like about it is that it tells you: 1. Airspace Class 2. The Ceiling 3. Associated Airport (in case you need to call in) 4. And if it is LAANC ready or not ready I hope this helps pilots in the field and those that are studying for their Part 107 test. Let me know your thoughts below. Best,
  2. Hey Pilots! I had to do some airspace research for an upcoming and I found this great resource for drone airspace that is administered directly from the FAA. Here is the link: https://faa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9c2e4406710048e19806ebf6a06754ad What I like about it is that it tells you: 1. Airspace Class 2. The Ceiling 3. Associated Airport (in case you need to call in) 4. And if it is LAANC ready or not ready I hope this helps pilots in the field and those that are studying for their Part 107 test. Let me know your thoughts below. Best,
  3. 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?
  4. Marcos Duran

    Greetings from South Texas

    Hello to anyone who opens posts by new members! I'm excited to get involved in this online community and read and learn as much as I can! There seems to be an endless fountain of information to learn on this technology and FAA regulations, and quite frankly its a bit overwhelming. I'm hoping this forum helps me collect information to organize the most relevant aspects of the industry. I plan on using my DJI Mavic Air and Parrot Bebop 2 for Real Estate, and in the future hopefully creating media content for marketing other company's products and services. Before I drone on and lose any of you I'll finish this post by asking a few questions that hopefully some of y'all might have insight on. 1) What subjects do people find most difficult to grasp when it comes to flying quad-copters commercially? (Laws, Contracts, Notams, sectional charts, etc.) 2) Where do y'all recommend looking for contracts, contract structure? 3) What are the best free apps for information, and where do y'all find the best news on industry changes? Thanks to anyone who takes the time to respond! This is my favorite hobby, and I look forward to apply my skills in a commercial setting!
  5. Hello fellow dronists! I made a short guide full of tips when travelling with your drone. I organized the tips into stages such as preparation, pre-flight and flight just make content a bit more digestable. Feel free to give your own advice to help those who are looking to travel in the future. Any suggestions would be good too! As a disclaimer, this is my entry to the Epic Aerial Guides contest. I hope you enjoy it!LINK HERE
  6. Hello fellow flyers! I just finished a light-hearted guide when it comes to travelling with your drone. I split the tips into phases such as preparation, pre-flight and flight just to organize the content a bit better. Feel free to input your own advice so those who are looking to travel may be more equipped with the potential challenges. Any feedback would be good too! As a disclaimer, this is my entry to the Epic Aerial Guides contest. I hope you like it!LINK HERE
  7. Though my questions and thoughts could fit in several discussion forums, particularly the Real Estate one, I decided I'd throw this out here since it also has a direct bearing on regulations, restricted airspace, etc.. An ongoing issue I have in the area I am based in (and I’m sure most licensed sUAV operators have everywhere) is trying to compete for work with unlicensed drone operators doing commercial work as well as even licensed operators not getting the proper authorization to fly in restricted air spaces. Charlotte is particularly difficult with uptown being less than 5 miles from our airport and squarely within Class B airspace. I routinely see commercial drone videos that are clearly in this airspace being used by developers on their websites and advertisements. I would be very surprised if these drone operators have applied for and received FAA authorization because I know how difficult it is to get such FAA Authorization. In February of this year, I applied for authorization to fly in our Class B Airspace for a particular commercial development assignment I knew would be coming up this summer. I was happy to receive the authorization after 90 days. I was also pleased that they even broadened the very specific area I had originally requested to include all of the Class B airspace, not just the 1/2 mile radius I originally asked for! This authorization will last until September. This opened up the option to market my ability to legally fly in this restricted area to other developers/ realtors. There are a lot of developments happening near uptown at present. As part of my effort to market my work, I plan to educate these developers that just because someone shows they can fly a drone and supply them with aerial work, they should realize their own liability if they do not follow the normal due diligence and hire both a licensed drone operator AND an operator with the proper FAA authorization if their development or property lies within restricted airspace! I am hoping, to gather any recent articles or blog posts that speaks to such liability, both financial and legal, and wondering if those on this forum can share some with me? I did find this article from last year that helps and speaks about unlicensed operators flying commercially. https://photographyforrealestate.net/2017/05/23/realtors-have-liability-for-hiring-an-unlicensed-drone-operator/ But it doesn’t specifically deal with operators flying illegally in restricted airspace, whether licensed or not, and the liability to their clients. I expect it could be even larger fines to both. I also decided to ask about this specific issue in my own email to UAVhelp this morning and hope they will also respond on this subject. I will share any response I get on the forum when I hear back. Any other articles you personally know of would be great to hear about. Thanks!
  8. Hi all, I have recently had to submit to the FAA that I had a crash because the damage to my drone and equipment was more than $500. They originally ask for pretty general information and I got a further email saying they may contact me for more info. Just seeing if anyone has had experience with the process beyond the initial filing?
  9. Hello all, I am in need of class D & E airspace waiver as our local airport uses both although it is not a very large airport, it is used both as transportation and military. What I am looking for is the link that would give me the forms to be filled out and some help on filling them out as I haven't yet filled one out. I would also like to get my hands on a daylight waiver for night operations for my business. I am looking for a direct link to this also and some help. Thank you all in advance cheers!
  10. citro

    Minnesota Drone Day

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    Join us for Minnesota Drone Day! Start out the day with drone demonstrations, simulators and food trucks. Stay for FPV flying, vendor tables, Q&A sessions, educational sessions and headline speaker, Kevin Morris of the FAA. Learn about the newest in drone technology, meet with hobby organizations, law enforcement, industry experts and speak with leading drone professionals. This a free event, open to the public. All ages and interests are welcome! Register today at https://www.facebook.com/MNDroneDay/
  11. Though I am new to the world of commercial drone photography and only last year passed and received my FAA and NC sUAV license, I have been a commercial photographer for over 35 years, based in Charlotte NC. My son and I are working toward creating a spin off of my business with drone work and creating professional results. With all the present and future construction and development near uptown, we have been asked to take on several projects in the area which means asking for an FAA authorization to fly in Class B airspace this Spring. Charlotte uptown (and the immediate vicinity) is all in Class B being within 5 miles of the airport, including my studio building and the nearby projects my client needs drone work done of. Challenging for sure if you abide by the rules. Many other commercial drone operators that have done work in this same area and had their work used by developers, are either skirting the law or possibly have gotten FAA authorization. Its impossible to tell but my guess is they are NOT getting the proper authorization. Thats not how I do business and will be submitting my first request in the next couple of days to ask for authorization. I have been reading through most, if not all the forum threads related to people making requests. Most are in Class C and D and have not found anyone mentioning that they received FAA authorization for Class B airspace. Has anyone??? Alan pointed me to some great examples of how other people have worded Authorization requests and I plan on applying parts of their language and how best to approach mitigating any and all safety concerns but it will be an uphill battle I expect. Because my studio building for over 30 years, is in the exact area I will be doing the work, I am very familiar with all the low level helicopter traffic that routinely fly there. Both of the local tv news operation helicopters (one of which I know the pilot of and have hired in the past fly me to do aerial work), the police helicopter and an air ambulance for a major hospital. Like I said, I really will need to do a great job in explaining all the safeguards I will take and show them I understand the challenges and will plan accordingly. Here are a few of the items I plan on including in my description and work flow. Any added suggestions or comments will greatly appreciated! • PIC will be myself, along with 2 VO's • I plan on having a vertical limit of 200ft AGL • Will always remain within VLOS • I expect to only fly for a max of 1 hour once a month for the next 6 weeks • I plan on posting a NOTAM via www.1800wxbrief.com 24 hours prior to flying. • I will list the Lat/Long of the location with a full description of surrounding streets and locations I have permission to take off from. My plan is to also use my contacts to reach out to the news pilots I know and even discuss with them. Get their input and if there are routinely flying at a particular altitude when this close to our uptown. In the past year, Charlotte has unfortunately had several incidents with hobby drone pilots coming way to close to both police and news helicopters. Add to this, my youngest son is a Army Black Hawk pilot, I will do this right or not at all. Thanks and look forward to any input and comments!
  12. Heights Aerial Media

    Future drone jobs

    Imagine all the developing drone technologies on the horizon, imagine how new technology will tie into everyday life? Imagine drones delivering packages, with all the possibilites of drones enhancing every tasks, makes you wonder what jobs are going to be created to manage all these applications. https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6359118060716126208
  13. Daniel Vavrecka

    Exact meaning.

    Hi everyone! I just would like your opinion and wisdom about something that is related to uav operation in Class D airspace. I have submitted the application to FAA for authorization to fly up to 350'agl for customer who's house is located in class D airspace back in August but still no response. After 2 months of waiting I received the update which basically stated that FAA is overwhelmed with applications and it can take more than 90 days to respond. Well it is well over 100 days and nothing! I will re-submit the application. But after checking the Aimap app I noticed that when creating the flight plan the advisory says that "near by airport is in Class D airspace requiring FAA authorization, permissible at or below 200ft. My question to you all is Do the mean that you can apply for authorization but not higher than 200ft or that you can fly even without the authorization at or below 200ft? I'm confused!
  14. Hey all, my name is Sean. I work for a national engineering firm. Over the past year I've taken the initiative to start a drone service in our firm. I am currently the only Part 107 Certified Pilot in the company. I currently fly an Inspire 2 and will be getting an Inspire 1 for thermal imaging in the near future. I am looking for any advice on streamlining FAA Airspace Authorization (understanding LAANC is not available here yet but hoping for early 2018), as a lot of our work doesn't allow me to plan as far in advance as the FAA would like. Hoping to get some advice to questions as they arise. Thanks!
  15. I am a retired Aerial Cinematographer who worked on Studio and Commercial jobs exclusively for about 30 years. I also hold a FAA Private Pilot Licence for Helicopters and Fixed Wing, and I'm working on the UAV add-on. I will not be looking for assignments, but will be seeking passive income through supplying a stock footage agency with 4k+ scenic footage. My question to the experienced Drone pilots here, are there any drone controllers that allow two people to operate; one to pilot the aircraft and another to pan, tilt, zoom, focus and apply frame rate and aperture changes to the camera and lenses? http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0565623/
  16. Hello everyone,I already submitted my first Airspace Authorization request about 100 days now.Sent them an email to help@faa.gov,they answered me that they are overwhelmed by the high volume requests.Considering the job market,I'm sure that many pilots are frustrated like me.Can not earn a $ of it.I made 40 requests which will allow me to do commercial flies,nothing happened since that email.Anyone having the same frustration.My first request was made on June 6th/2017.At least they have to extend the validity period of our license,cause we are unable to use it.Thoughts
  17. https://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoglia/2017/09/21/federal-judge-overturns-city-drone-ordinance-in-first-ruling-of-its-kind/#7f77cbe11217 Finally! I know this is not over but it is a definite step in the right direction.
  18. A couple of months ago FAA announced they would be doing a test program of 50 Small US cities allowing a ceiling of 80' without needing authorization. They said it would be in September with no specific date. Just wondering if anyone has heard about the activation date ? Thank, Frank
  19. Helo

    Temp Certificate

    Has anyone that past part 107 recieved their temporary certifications yet? I'm going on 6 days now waiting for mine. I think when I finished the application it said 36 hours. Jake
  20. Not to long ago I received my first airspace authorization after about 2 months. When I applied I submitted to applications, one for airspace authorization in Class D Airspace with 90 days out, as I had a flexible client.. And another for a job that I would lose unless I could get the authorization within 30 days. The one I submitted for 30 days was denied based on the timeframe. The one I submitted for 90 days was approve. I'm curious the way you guys are approaching requesting authorizations that you need before the 90 days. Can I assume that any request with a start date within 90 days will be denied? I have shoots that I need to get done asap, but I'm worried If I fill out the application with a start date sooner than 90 days it will get denied. Has anyone been approved for authorizations with start dates sooner than 90 days out? If so, how did you determine your start date? Any advice on submitting applications for authorizations for projects that are flexible on exact dates but generally time sensitive (the sooner scheduled the better) would be great.
  21. Hi all, was stumped by this question over the weekend: To the southwest of Suffolk Exec (SFQ) airport, there's the word DRONE. What does that mean?
  22. It's been all over the news today and blowing up on Twitter. Figured I'd post it here. Appeals Court Strikes Down FAA Drone Registration Rule
  23. Hello all, I am a part 107 certificate holder located in Los Angeles. I have some questions about an upcoming shoot that I've been hired to do in New York City. A high-end property management company has hired me to shoot drone footage of three of their buildings in New York City at the end of July. 2 of the buildings are in midtown and 1 of them is in the financial district. I have a few specific questions regarding these properties... 1. According to Airmap, there is a permenant TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) around the southern part of Central Park extending about 10 blocks south of the park. I imagine that this is because of Trump Tower but I can't be sure. It seems difficult to believe that this large area of Manhattan is permenantly off-limits even when the President is out of town. Does anyone have any information about this? 2. The building in the financial district (55 Broadway) appears to be in class G airspace which seems hard to believe. My general question about flying professionally in NYC is if there are additional, local actions that need to be taken even after obtaining an FAA part 107 waiver? Does anyone have any information or experience flying for clients in Manhattan? I would appreciate any and all help. Thanks!
  24. Hey everybody, just wanted to pass on some info about dealing with the FAA and NOTAMs (Notice to Airmen). I have been traveling around the country shooting with a Phantom 3 Pro for an MTV show. I start the process as soon as production can give me the info.(welcome to reality TV!) You will need a pretty good idea of locations and time frame. First I use "airmap" which is a great app for getting local contact info for heliports, schools, etc. Then I go to skyvector.com, which are sectional maps, to get exact Latitude/Longitude of where I will be operating. Then I call the FAA (877-487-6867) to get a NOTAM registered The FAA will ask you for the following info: - Lat/ Long of area for the operation - Proximity to local airports especially anything within 5 NM - Radius of operation (NM) - Height of operation (AGL) - Date and time (local or Zulu) - your name and contact info - Organization name They will then issue a NOTAM #. I keep this info with me when shooting incase anybody asks me if I have permission, etc. And it reassures the producers that you are doing your due diligence. Hope this helps!