FAA Airspace Authorization & Waiver Experiences / Notes


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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 lon

Hey guys, I started following this topic after I submitted my first group of waiver requests.  Here has been my experience: I submitted my first request on 1/31 for an airspace waiver.  Like

Spoke with an FAA inspector this morning and he said that waivers are not new regulations and as such are not subject ot the Executive Order. So, we wait.......

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Airspace authorizations seem to be alive and well.  However, waivers to Part 107 appear to be on hold at the moment.  In any case, congratulations on the authorizations.  You were most likely talking to FAA contractors, many of whom are former FAA employees. Fly safe!

 

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OK, so a bit of good news, today I received my first Airspace Authorization (not a waiver, sorry)! Ironically, it was for a Class C airspace and other Class D airspace I submitted at the same time have not been approved (yet).

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It was near the fringe of the airspace and not on the take-off/landing trajectories.
Originally requested 2 years, was granted 6 months
Originally requested 1-2NM radius, was granted 0.5NM (which means I have to submit another request to get to the edge of the airspace)
Originally request flight up to 200FT AGL and was granted the same
Submitted Jan 10, 2017, approved Feb 13, 2017

Very, very happy about this. It also gives me some guidelines to follow when requesting additional authorizations when it comes to approval radius, flight height, length, etc...

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5 minutes ago, Ed O'Grady said:

Well, I can add to this.  I just had my night waiver "disapproved".  I really thought I gave them everything necessary but apparently not.  So we shall resubmit!  The main thing here is that at least they are disapproving waivers so not sure what that all means. 

 

Would you share the details. Here's mine...Approved last year but due to equipment problems did my first night flight last night. The campus cop loved it...DJI_0015.thumb.JPG.05dc5fd7b15b22570ed3c

NIGHT WAIVER APPL.pdf

107W-2016-00350_night waiver.pdf

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I got another airspace authorization for Class D airspace today. The irony was, they returned the wrong paperwork to me and there were mistakes on the approval. They called it Class D airspace on first page and on last page they called it Class C. However, they worked to get me a revised version in the same afternoon after I asked about it! That was pretty cool...

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My apologies to @Uaviator53.  Last week, after receiving my FAA Waiver disapproval, I promised to post it and frankly got sidetracked and completely forgot!  So here we go.  I thought I had provided all required information and I referred to several different waiver approvals and followed thee FAA's stipulations as well as their performance based standards.  Since I used the online form to submit, I have no record of what I actually presented in my request (in order to perhaps see where I failed).  I may still be able to get that but not certain of that.  In any case here it is.

 

uav waiver.pdf

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17 minutes ago, Ed O'Grady said:

My apologies to @Uaviator53.  Last week, after receiving my FAA Waiver disapproval, I promised to post it and frankly got sidetracked and completely forgot!  So here we go.  I thought I had provided all required information and I referred to several different waiver approvals and followed thee FAA's stipulations as well as their performance based standards.  Since I used the online form to submit, I have no record of what I actually presented in my request (in order to perhaps see where I failed).  I may still be able to get that but not certain of that.  In any case here it is.

 

uav waiver.pdf

No problem Ed. As usual, FAA logic escapes me. My waiver required the application to be part of the waiver and to be available on site and upon demand from FAA personnel. DUH? Applicant does not receive a copy of the application after pushing send on the website. I had to ask the feds for a copy and they sent me one. I suppose my night waiver was easy to get because it was for a small area and a completely secure (police training facility, Class G airspace).

 

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I would highly recommend keeping a copy of the text submitted in the boxes for future application/waiver requests. A screen capture tool like SnagIt will capture scrolling web browser windows if you are looking to grab the page contents prior to submittal, then save as an image.

For the two appprovals I've received so far, I received a copy of my application along with the approval.

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