FAA – Federal Aviation Administration

Drones – Understanding the New Airport UAS Facility Maps

New Airport UAS Facility Maps provide useful information for commercial UAS pilots.  

The FAA held a seminar to discuss the newly released Airport UAS Facility Maps.  The seminar was presented by UAS leader, Jeff Riolo.  Jeff Riolo is with Empower UAV.   He is very knowledgeable in current FAA information, rules and regulations.   These maps provide valuable information for a commercial UAS pilot.  Maximum altitudes,  Airport Date and Temporary Flight Restrictions and much more..

There are various ways to get to the Airport UAS Facility Maps … this link works best.  This link will allow the full use of the information available.

 

Airport UAS Facility Map

Airport UAS Facility Map

The maps are used to provide information regarding maximum altitude, airport data and temporary flight restrictions.   They are an aid used by FAA Part 107 processors to help with the airspace authorization process.  The FAA released the first of several facility maps April 27, 2017.  Additional maps will be published every 56 days through the end of the year.  If you would like to see the chart of release dates. 56-day aeronautical chart production schedule.

Even though the maps show the areas and altitudes near airports, commercial drone pilots will still need to file for an authorization through the FAA portal.   These maps will help with authorization process.  They are to be used for planning and information only. (more…)

Remote Pilot Ground School

Remote Pilot ground school certificate of completion!

Very excited to pass the course.  I test with the FAA for my Part 107 Remote Pilot in Command, but I am very happy with the knowledge I have gained from this course.  🙂

Gold Seal UAV Ground School has been a great course for me.   I recommend it to anyone wanting to expand their Drone education.

Gold Seal UAV Course Completion

Gold Seal UAV Course Completion Desi Ekstein

Fly Right

Fly Right

Fly Right

Learning to “Fly Right” is one of the most important safety steps to learn.

Even if you have  been flying for a while it is extremely important to learn the basic safety rules.   The article in Digital Aviators, Fly Right, Back to the Basics is a great recourse for basic flight safety.

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has a set of guidelines to follow if you plan to use your drone as a hobbyist.

Recreational purposes which include:

  • Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles
  • Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times
  • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations
  • Don’t fly within 5 miles of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying
  • Don’t fly near people or stadiums
  • Don’t fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs
  • Don’t be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft – you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft

Know Before You Fly is another great source.  Also, as a hobbyist you must register your drone through the FAA web site.   This is your identification number and should be put on the drone, but not shared publicly.

This is a few helpful tips and links.  Send me an email if you have other questions, I would love to help.  🙂

UAS Registration Deadline

Drone Registration

Drone Registration Deadline

The deadline date to register your UAS with the FAA is February 19, 2016.

If your aircraft weighs more than 0.55 lbs. (250 g) and less than 55 lbs. (25 kg), and you’ve been flying it outdoors or plan to fly it outdoors for hobby or recreation, federal law requires you to register by this Friday, February 19, 2016.  http://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/

If you fly an UAS, you are considered a pilot and should know the basic safety rules.

know Before You Fly http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/

Also, Back to the basics is a good summary http://digitalaviators.blogspot.com/2015/10/fly-rightback-to-basics_28.html

FAA Require Registration Of All Drones

The FAA has announced that all drones will need to be registered.

Drone

FAA Drone Registration

Not all of the details have been ironed out.   But the main concern is that Christmas is right around the corner and Drones will be the big selling item this year.   It is so important to keep our airways safe!   This registration is already a requirement for those people or companies having the Section 333 exemption.     The registration system is scheduled to be in force by November 20, 2015.   That is a huge undertaking in my opinion.   Forbes explains the press conference.

It is imperative that the FAA find solutions to keeping our airways safe.    I myself have seen many post regarding people flying irresponsibly.   I am proud to surround myself with professionals in the UAV (drone)  industry that make an effort to be safe.   I hope to start reaching out to others to “fly right”  and be available for people to learn the proper, safe way to fly.