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  1. Hey Everyone! I am a newly-certified part 107 certified drone pilot and new here to the community. I need some guidance on what is possible and what waivers & authorization I can ask for under Part 107. I need to capture video and photos in 8 different locations in (about) a mile long stretch along I-75/I-85 (the Connector) in downtown Atlanta, GA for a large project to cross over the interstate corridor. I don't have a hard deadline, but it needs to be completed within 6 months if at all possible. I spoke with a guy at FSDO in my region and I'm even more confused now about what waivers & authorizations I need to get and if this is even possible. I'm super discouraged at the moment. He said I can only get up to 400', but because I'm in a class B airspace, he isn't sure if I can get up to 400'. But, then he said if I had authorization, I might be able to get up to 1000' AGL. Ideally, I want to be at 2350' AGL if possible. To make it easier, I plan to just go straight up and down (as opposed to crossing the 200 lanes of interstate). Would someone mind to have a look at my images/location and help me through my first stab at this? I have images saved in a shareable Google drive folder, but not sure if you need to see those to point me in the right direction. Thanks in advance for your help!!
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. With the great help of Allan's prep course, I passed the FAA remote pilot exam, 98% score. I remain grateful for not just the well designed course, but for Allan's personal help and encouragement in prepping for the exam. I took no less than 3 of the online prep courses and Allan's was by far the best. I'm the pilot for one of the first Nevada state agencies to set up a UAV program. Our first UAV model is the birdseyeview Firefly6 VTOL mapping machine. The state managers have asked me to find out the phone no, name, and title of the FAA person that would take the call of a high ranking state authority, such as the head of the states emergency management team, and could facilitate giving a temp beyond line of sight waiver in the event of a emergency event in Nevada, such as a major flood or wildfire. I've just been getting the run around when I call the various phone nos listed on the FAA website. We believe that an FAA official approved beyond sight UAV waivers for gov agencies during the recent massive flooding in Texas. Id appreciate even a clue about how this process works. Also, can somebody confirm that to even start the process of applying for a waiver, an applicant must first get the FAA to email them the link to an extensive online app. Ive been told that the waiver app posted on the website is not the actual app that a serious applicant needs to complete. Ken
  5. FAA released info today re waivers and the status of them. This is important, so please read here http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=86707
  6. Yes Virginia, it's finally happening! And no, it's not rigged! Here's my story from today, Friday 10/28. This is Florida v Georgia weekend in SE Georgia and it was my duty to head to Winn Dixie right near KSSI to load up on critical weekend items. While in Winn Dixie (that's where all my important calls are received it seems) I got a call from area code 281 and I thought it was probably a nonsense call - I get lots of them. Turns out it was FAA and he was a former controller now doing part 107 waivers. He was working from home on this one. We must have been on the phone for 20 minutes or so (in the salad oil aisle) and he was definitely working with me trying to get me the best solution for my airspace authorization request. First of all, he explained and apologized for the unclear instructions on the website. Airspace authorizations are intended to be issued for a short term operation perhaps for 1 or 2 operations, not long term. I was looking for a waiver here to fly in Class E Sfc airspace for an extended period and that really requires a waiver, he said.. So here's what I have gathered from everything. The authorizations will be granted based on the lowest controlled airspace grid. In my case, the grids over the runway at SSI obviously are set to Zero. So that means that within 3 miles of the airport, he can only issue a Zero. But he then went on to describe my area as he sees it and suggested that he move my "spot" northward and after going back and forth, he called me back and is granting me 100' agl from 3nm away from the airport up to 5 nm. After that , the airspace is Class E with 700 ft floor so I can fly all I want. Now this doesn't really help me all that much, but it's a start. He also talked about the smartphone authorization down the road. We both agreed to not hold our breath! He explained that I can request a waiver and the fact that he's granting this one does not hurt me as far as getting another. He called back and said that he will email to me on Monday and it will be effective next week. (I actually got it later today and it is effective tomorrow). I was very impressed with his interest in MY needs and he worked hard to try to help me. For now I will accept this and move from here. I think the lesson here is that FAA is really trying to work for us and we need to accept that and be appreciative of that commitment to the needs of the licensed sUAS community. It's not perfect, we know it and so do they, but we will move forward from here. Fly Safe. Ed
  7. Helo

    Waivers

    Next question, waivers. I guess these are on an as needed basis? You don't get a waiver that lets you fly above crowds from now on because you've proven that you can fly safely? What about the job that pops up and a client needs you to do a fly over of the homecoming football game that is tomorrow night? No way to plan for that? Jake
  8. Once you fill out the iacra stuff, how long is it taking to get your temp certificate back? jake