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  1. This is my first post here so if this has been covered (I couldn't find it) then let me apologize up front. I read this article today and the thing that stands out to me is the comment about deliveries being made up to 3.5 miles. I am finishing up my certification training and it clearly states that line-of-sight must be maintained. I can see pretty well but 3.5 miles is a stretch to see a drone. I don't even think a waiver relieves a remote pilot from assuring the drone isn't entering the flight path of another aircraft. There is an 11 second clip in the article which "simulates" delivery. Thoughts?
  2. Backstory: I am trying to make some of the inspections we do inside huge water reservoirs "unmanned". Making it quicker and safer to do these inspections (i.e. we don't need to put people in the water). My original idea was to put a camera on an RC Boat (built a prototype that went well) the only down side is not being able to see the "ceiling" in detail. These ceiling are about 50-100 ft high. My next thought was a drone, have personal experience with them as a hobbyist. This way we could get up higher and see the detail that we needed, also the model I was looking into (SwellPro Spry) would let us see underwater as well so we could check the liners etc. Question: My company is pretty progressive and is following the drone laws etc to a T. They have trained pilots and things (but not in our area). We want to pitch this idea for them but don't think it will go through if we have to be have one of the trained pilots flying it/get licensed. Setting aside the fact that I realize only an very experienced flyer should be flying inside, are there any laws or regulations we would be breaking if this drone was never actually in open air? Would we need certifications still. I understand this is a unique question, and I can't find much through the internet, since rightfully so the main issue is needing training to prevent hazards from flying in the air. To be clear the reservoirs are all enclosed, usually about 300'x300' with 50'+ high roof. No one else would ever be inside (it is the point of having the drone). Even if someone could possibly send me in the direction of a person I could ask. If it is possible that if this is never used outside, that we wouldn't be liable per the FAA stuff, I think my company would go for it.
  3. Hi all, I am new to this forum, so I apologize in advance if this is off topic. This may be a local issue and outside your area of influence, but I am reaching out to groups I thought might be able and/or willing to help. I also feel this is an example of a broader concern. The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is a special district operating in Alameda County and Contra Costa County, California, within the East Bay area of the San Francisco Bay Area. It maintains and operates a system of regional parks which is the largest urban regional park district in the United States. For all intents and purposes, this organization manages the available natural open spaces across the entire region. In Dec 2015, with no public comment, the board of the district approved a universal ban on the operation of drones from any park managed property. The stated reason for this was risk to aircraft and potential impact to wildlife, specifically birds. I represent a small group of avid drone operators and aerial photographers that live and at one time were able to use these wonderful tools for to capture the beautiful and unique land and waterscapes found here. Since this ordinance was passed, drone use across general region is almost impossible. Unless operating from private property, there is essentially no accessible area available to operate from. We have basically been forced to abandon the use of these tools. While I understand the concerns raised and support appropriately considered and vetted guidelines. I do believe that unrestricted use could create a risk in public spaces, and consideration should be given to sensitive wildlife, bird nesting areas and other wildlife concerns. However, a complete ban restricts access to and the fair use of public lands that we all support with our tax dollars. Drones, when operated in accordance with FAA guidelines and in a responsible manner do not pose a unique or special risk such that a complete ban is appropriate or justified. However, letters and requests for review of the policy to the park district have gone unanswered. I would respectfully request that the district at least listen to our perspective and take into consideration the value these tools can bring in capturing the natural beauty of the area. Universal bans of new technologies out of the fear of a potential impact, is not justification for limiting or eliminating fair access to our tax supported lands. If any members of this group would be willing to reach out to the Board, purhaps our voices will be heard. As an individual, there is not a lot I can do. However, if enough of us express our concern, this Board and others across the region and nation may actually listen to their constitutes. Best regards, Bruce Hartwell
  4. Hi all,Just bought a drone? Already a professional? A drone enthusiast? Regardless, your help is needed!I am looking for drone/RPAS/UAV pilots and enthusiasts to be a part of research I am undertaking into drone flying practices in the UK.What are the aims of the project? I’m exploring what kind of airspace is produced by the interactions between regulation on the one hand and the actual experience of drone flying on the other. What do we know about the invisible politics of airspace? How important is the drone user in shaping their own flying experience? Don’t worry about answering that of course… that’s my job!How could you contribute?I’m looking for two types of contributions, both of which would be completely anonymous in the final research: Flight diary – regardless of how long you’ve been flying drones, I’m looking for pilots (beginner, hobbyist, professional, whatever!) to record a diary of the experience of just a few drone flights over the next 2 months - I'd give plenty of pointers as to the kind of things to talk about, and time commitment is all up to you. This might then be followed up by an interview if you’d be willing. Interview – if you work in the industry, this would be a short (informal) interview discussing your own drone flying habits and interests, along with the wider sentiment of the industry/your company. I am based in London, though you would not be expected to travel – please do get in contact wherever you are as I would love to hear from you.If you are interested or would like further information, please get in contact with me via PM or by email – droneflightresearch@gmail.comThank you for your time!HarryGeography undergraduate student at Oxford with a keen interest in the aviation industry, currently undertaking research for my dissertation.
  5. Notice was given on December 20th, 2018 of all classes (including G) of airspace given over from the FAA to National Security Interests. What does this mean for the UAV pilot? Local jurisdictions, under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice may, at their discretion, direct local officials to enforce laws. Read and dissect the Notam. Much of what UAV pilots do under Title 48 will now fall under Title 49.
  6. Hey all, I went through DPGS last year, prior to LAANC rolling out, and now I've got a Q - If I (a 107 cert holder) am planning to fly in an area where LAANC approval is available, do I need to also call/notify nearby heliports and airstrips, or are they able to "see" my flight info from LAANC, just like a towered airport?
  7. So, I saw this article posted on a local website and caught my attention. The article was well written and spot on with all the crazy road work going on, but the photos made me cringe. Everyone take a look, and tell me if i'm not the only one that is disturbed by these!
  8. Hi guys, I need some answers, hopefully you'll be able to provide me with them! What I'm looking for is general and specific info about drone flying in Spain: 1) if you are creating commercial videos, like we would our real-estate videos, and you use drone footage provided to you by someone who flew a drone recreationally, can you legally use that footage as part of your overall video without fear of penalty? 2) What is the minimum you need to do to be legal to fly commercially (e.g. theory hours, practice hours, practical test and theory tests)? 3) Over and above number two - do you need to sit a specific test(s) to be certified? 4) If so, a)where can you sit those tests and b) what are the actual costs and c) when do the courses run? 5) Do they have any individuals who have qualified that hire themselves out to take drone videos for a fee and hopefully their contact details as we may go that route if it's too time consuming and too costly to get certified. I would appreciate any valid and credible response to these questions!
  9. I am heading this May to Germany for a couple of weeks. I’ll be traveling to various areas of the country and taking my drone. I’m finding some specific restrictions on some of the castle websites and understand Germany has lots of others. Anyone know of any English language website links for rules and reg’s for sUAV’s rules and restrictions there?
  10. Hello, My name is Jorge, I'm Commercial Drone Pilot, working in a Telecom Company, currently flying in Georgia for Cellphone Towers inspection, most of the time using M600P with Z30 Camera. My Team is planing to start flying in Los Angeles area, and we are not sure the differences with the Regulations and requirements between Georgia and California. So I will appreciate if this community can help me out to get more detailed information about flying in Los Angeles area. By the way, I got the Part 107 Certificate back in January 2017 Thanks to DronePilot Ground School Team. Here is a Proof of the BEST UAV COACH in the Drone Industry I'm excited to start flying in Los Angeles. Thanks in Advance for all the Support! Happy flying! Sincerely Jorge Luengo
  11. My name is Alyssa, I've just been hired on as a director of operations to a company called Drone School Incorporated. My job is to get this business up and running by the end of the year so im in charge of advertising, marketing, creating a syllabus etc. My boss wants this to be a 3 hour classroom course and 2 hours of simulator time (we have the realflight drone simulator) eventually building up to use real drones for training. We dont have a minimum or maximum age for this class since for now we are only going to be using a simulator. I was an air traffic controller so i have a general idea of the rules and regulations regarding drones but thats about the extent of my knowledge. My main question is what should I incorporate into the syllabus when i start putting this together. If you guys could give me any feedback on this I would be extremely thankful.
  12. Finally! I know this is not over but it is a definite step in the right direction.
  13. Hey everyone, Hope all is well in the UAV community. This summer I will be going to Costa Rica and Cuba for a few weeks and was hoping to gain some insight on the rules and regulations of flying drones in each country. I read articles saying "You must not fly without a license. A license consists of 48 hours of theoretical training and 10 hours of practical training by schools authorized by the DGAC" for Costa Rica, but I don't know if my commercial license for the United States will cover me. Can anyone help shed light on this subject and tell me what I need to do/not do to fly in each of these countries legally? Thanks, Justin
  14. Hello everyone, I live in Belgium where I am involved in the UAV industry as pilot, active member of the federation of professional pilots and with a role in the organization of the European drone convention "Drone Days" in Brussels (more details on Hearing and reading about what happens around UAV's (laws, rules & regulations, mostly) in other countries is always welcome
  15. Hey all, Basic questions. I just want to double check a few things. I know we can fly without ATC permission in class G airspace. In Class E airspace with an airport with a surface level of 700ft, we do not need permission to fly to our usual 400 ft. Heres my example below. I live within Meriden Markham Airport which is Class E airspace (and takes up a lot of space surrounding), however, all below is Class G. This being said I am clear to fly where ever I please, of course keeping an eye out for any aircrafts and without hitting Class D (just has to be said ).
  16. High-level article on what's happening in D.C. right now for those of you interested in UAS regulations:
  17. Someone just emailed this to me from the FAA's website. Thought these guidelines were interesting: