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  1. Hi All, Wanted to get the communities take on this. I have FAA approval for a flight near 3 hospitals. Max - per my approval - is 150ft AGL. I thought I'd reach out and give a courtesy call to the hospitals to let them know when and where I'd be flying. Two of the hospitals were as pleasant as could be. The third more or less said "no" at this time - but would get back to me - (they wanted a week lead time of a heads up so they could communicate and coordinate it and decide on approving or not). The hospital is about 1/3 to 1/2 mile from the drone launch site and where I will mostly be flying. I would be flying for a 3rd party client. Would you still do the flight without a thumbs up from the 3rd hospital (assuming you got the go ahead from your client)? -Adam
  2. I know from studying for the Part 107 exam that I don’t have to contact heliports in class G airspace before I fly. I do make sure my spotters know where they are and that they are using proper spotting procedures to check for any kind of traffic in my area of operation. There are two hospital heliports in my market area that are in G airspace: one is 3 miles away and the other 2 miles away. Do you contact heliports in your area of operation prior to launch as a courtesy and to foster goodwill? I am tempted to do this because of the irresponsible actions of some drone pilots. I have read of very positive responses from heliports who were contacted by commercial drone pilots. On the downside, what if they take issue with my flight plan and say no'? Am I creating problems for myself by contacting them? If I go ahead and fly anyway and there is an incident, I have created a legal liability. If I don’t fly, I have not only lost one job but my whole market collapses. These two heliports are positioned to kill my entire business due to their locations in the middle of my market area. A parallel incident: Performing my due diligence, I have called city and town governments to determine if there are any local laws with which I have to comply. One city official said ‘no’, but also said that since I brought it up that maybe there should be. He will raise the issue at the next town council meeting. I want to be a responsible pilot when it comes to heliports. But like my conversation with that city council member, I may be creating a problem for myself that didn’t previously exist. I use sectional charts and the Airmap app which shows a caution message highlighted in yellow due to the 2 heliports. The word 'caution' does not mean contact. I will probably spend another $200 and contact Jonathan Rupprecht, a pilot and attorney, to determine the best legal course of action relevant to heliports. However, I wanted to see what other commercial drone pilots are doing as a matter of practice with heliports in their area of operation. Thanks.