Tag Archive: FAA

Daylight Waiver performance based standards

Daylight Waiver

5 performance bases standards need to be addressed when applying for daylight waiver.    The article in Women and Drones provides helpful tips on these standards.

  1.  Method for remote pilot to maintain visual line of sight during darkness.
  2.  Provide method for remote pilot to see and avoid other aircraft, people on the ground, and avoid ground bases structures and objects during darkness
  3.  Provide a method remote pilot will be able to continuously know and determine position, altitude, attitude, and movement of their small unmanned aircraft.
  4. Provide a method to assure all required persons participating in the small unmanned aircraft operation have knowledge to recognize and overcome visual illusions caused by darkness, and understand physiological conditions which may degrade night vision.
  5. Provide a method to increase conspicuity of the small unmanned aircraft to be seen at a distance of at least 3 statute miles unless a system is in place that can avoid all non-participating aircraft.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the application process.

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

Athenian Middle School

Athenian Middle School

Athenian Middle School

Recently I had the privilege to talk with some students from the Athenian Middle School in Diablo, CA.   It was a great experience and I am very excited that they maybe implementing a Drone STEM program.  I’m lucky to share with others safety and “Fly Right”. So many of the students already have such enthusiasm in robotics.   I was very surprised when I walked in with my AR Parrot and one of the students knew exactly what it  was and knew all the specs.   🙂  I’m looking forward to working with more schools and I hope to see more female involvement through She Drones.

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.  🙂

Helpful Links

Helpful links

Here is a list of Helpful links resource  that I use often.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):
http://www.faa.gov/
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Avenue,
SW Washington, DC 20591
1-866-TELL-FAA (1-866-835-5322)

For the latest information, call your local Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF.

FAA – Temporary Flight Restrictions NOTAMS  
http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF

FAA – Part 107 (for commercial purposes):
http://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=20516

FAA – Section 333 Exemption (for commercial purposes):
https://www.faa.gov/uas/legislative_programs/section_333/how_to_file_a_petition/

FAA – Drone Registration (for hobby use):
http://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/

FAA – Drone Registration Size Chart:
https://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/faqs/media/UAS_Weights_Registration.pdf

Know  Before You Fly:
http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/
contact@knowbeforeyoufly.org

Academy Model Aeronautics (AMA):
http://www.modelaircraft.org/
5161 E. Memorial Dr.
Muncie, IN 47302
(800) 435-9262 – 1-800-I-FLY-AMA

On The Go Video.biz
http://www.onthegovideo.biz
onthegovideo4u@gmail.com
DroneDivaDesi@gmail.com

She Drones
http://www.shedrones.com/
shedrones@twc.com

Drone Radio Show
http://droneradioshow.com/

Drone Coalition
http://dronecoalition.net/

That Drone Show
http://www.thatdroneshow.com/