FAA Part 107 has made it even easier to Fly
Legally in the USA under 14 CFR Part 107. It's what we have all been
FAA Automatically Grants "blanket" COA'S -
As of March 23, 2015, the FAA will automatically
grant "blanket" COA's for flights at or below 200 feet to any UAS
operator with a Section 333 exemption, provided the aircraft weighs less
than 55 pounds, operations are conducted during daytime Visual Flight
Rules (VFR) conditions and within visual line of sight (VLOS) of the
pilots, and stay certain distances away from airports or heliports.
FAA Grants UAV Permits for Agriculture & Real Estate Companies -
The Associated Press reports that on Tuesday, the FAA issued exceptions
to the commercial UAV ban, permitting the monitoring of crops and real
estate use for aerial photographs of properties for sale. This is the
first time permits have been granted to agriculture and real estate
Deploys the RDASS Q1000 UAV -
HSE announces the deployment of the
new RDASS Q1000 4 rotor electric UAV. The RDASS Q1000 series is
designed to meet the hi-tech needs of the user at a price to meet any
city or county budget.
Chief Will Johnson announced that the Federal Aviation Administration
has given the city permission to get the rotors turning on the police
UAV drone project.
Supreme Court & The
4th Amendment - The US
Supreme Court has held that individuals do not generally have
Fourth Amendment rights with respect to aerial surveillance. Can the
lower courts or State, county, city municipalities outlaw the use of
UAV's for law enforcement?
UAV FAA Regulations
- For more
than five decades, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has
compiled a proven track record of introducing new technology and
aircraft safely into the National Airspace System (NAS).
A. Unless you are flying only for hobby or recreational purposes, you
will need FAA authorization via a Section 333 grant of exemption to fly
your unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for your business. This applies even
if you are only flying to supplement or aide your business and not
charging fees for doing so.
For further information regarding the FAA's interpretation of ‘hobby or
recreational’ flying, please see the FAA's Interpretation of the Special
Rule for Model Aircraft (PDF).
A. Yes. The Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published
in February 2015, and the public comment period closed in April 2015.
The FAA must analyze all comments received before issuing the final
small UAS rule. Until a final rule is issued, no part of this rule is in
effect and current regulations continue to apply, meaning that
commercial operators must petition for and receive a Section 333 grant
A. All Section 333 grants of exemption are issued with conditions and
limitations that the operator is responsible for complying with. The FAA
publishes all Section 333 grants of exemption, on its UAS website:
The operating conditions and limitations associated with each
authorization are listed within the grant of exemption document.
A. The Section 333 exemption process is different from the COA process.
All Section 333 grants of exemption are automatically issued with a
"blanket" 200-foot nationwide COA with certain restrictions around
airports, restricted airspace, and other densely populated areas.
Details are available at:
An operator who wants to operate outside the parameters of the blanket
COA are eligible to apply for a separate COA specific to the airspace
required for their operation. Applications for these COAs must be
submitted through the UAS Civil COA Portal.
COA applications MUST include:
An exemption number – issued with your Section 333 grant of exemption
An aircraft registration number – all aircraft must be registered with
the FAA to be issued a COA
A. The FAA will evaluate your petition and send you its decision based
on a full review of your request. An FAA grant or denial of exemption is
based on the specifics of each situation. If your petition for exemption
is similar enough to previous grants of exemption, it may qualify for a
summary grant of exemption. Details of how the FAA is using the summary
grant process to evaluate Section 333 petitions for exemption more
efficiently are available at: http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=82485 .
A. The FAA requires a reasonable amount of time to conduct the study.
Whenever possible, all efforts are made to handle proposals
expeditiously. Under current regulations, a petitioner requesting a
Section 333 exemption is advised to make the request 120 days prior to
the date they anticipate needed it for operations. To inquire about the
status of a petition for exemption, please email
A. You may petition the FAA to reconsider its denial of your original
petition. You must submit your request to the same address as your
original petition and the FAA must receive your request within 60 days
after the FAA issued the denial. Details are available at:
A. By law, the FAA cannot authorize an aircraft operation in the
National Airspace without a certificated pilot in command of the
aircraft (Title 49 of United States Code § 44711). Exemptions granted in
accordance with Section 333 carry the following requirement regarding
the pilot in command (PIC) of the aircraft:
Under this grant of exemption, a PIC must hold either an airline
transport, commercial, private, recreational, or sport pilot
certificate. The PIC must also hold a current FAA airman medical
certificate or a valid U.S. driver's license issued by a state, the
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, a territory, a possession, or the
Federal government. The PIC must also meet the flight review
requirements specified in 14 CFR § 61.56 in an aircraft in which the PIC
is rated on his or her pilot certificate.
A. The Aircraft Registration Application, AC Form 8050-1, is not
available for download. You must use an original Aircraft Registration
Application, AC Form 8050-1. The FAA does not accept photocopies or
computer-generated copies of this form. Aircraft Registration
Applications may be obtained by:
Emailing the Aircraft Registration Branch from the following link: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftemail/aircraftemail.aspx
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