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Sep 12, 2022 16:08:34   #
GregS Loc: Central Illinois, USA
 
bsprague wrote:
Making money is the minor part. According to the FAA, if you operate a drone for anything other than selfish recreation, you need the 107 certificate. Even if you are only operating a drone for fun, like a model airplane, you still need a certificate that the FAA calls "TRUST".

In other words, the FAA says you need one of their two certificates to operate a drone. No exceptions.

But, there is a problem. The FAA is failing to reach their target! Based on sales numbers and other estimates, the FAA is getting compliance from about 15% of the USA citizens that own or are buying drones. The other 85% either don't know, don't care or are not interested.
Making money is the minor part. According to the ... (show quote)


I know many who fly drones. I have two. Most drone pilots I know just don't care. That will change when the FAA finally puts into law the RID. Coming 1 Jan 2023; Remote Identification Law. Each drone weighing over 250 grams must have the RID in/on their drone. It transmits important data to aircraft flying in the area; altitude, airspeed, direction, and the location of the drone pilot to anyone on the ground with an app on their cellphone. So...here comes the confrontations!!!!

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Sep 12, 2022 19:47:45   #
bsprague Loc: Lacey, WA, USA
 
alexol wrote:
Agreed 100%. The FAA seems to be intent on making a mess of this and there are now so many odd laws around the country with respect to drones.

There's even a court in Louisiana, not far from here that is effectively trying to usurp FAA authority with respect to air control, primarily due to some guy flying over a cops house and the cop, being friends with the judge managed to get put in place an order & set of restrictions which looks like it may end up in SCOTUS.

I have my 107 and the TRUST but what a mess... The thundercloud example is perfect - while my drone has a flight time capability of around 30 minutes or so, there is no way whatever that thundercloud formation at 50,000ft is even remotely relevant. The list is irrelevancies is almost as long as the FAA rule book.

As is so often the case, the issue is enforcement of rules and regulations. To all intents and purposes, you can earn money with your drone with nor license or certificate at all (technically illegally) and for 99% of the time there will be no repercussions whatever - and this is what is killing small drone businesses - right up to the point that someone when hit by a drone piloted by some unlicensed (and therefor uninsured) individual in a working environment.
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I think the mess is coming from the FAA's notion that what works to regulate manned airplanes and their pilots should work for drones operated by consumers. A lot of 107 might begin to make sense if the bulk of drones are heavy, long range and operated BVLOS.

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Sep 12, 2022 20:01:39   #
bsprague Loc: Lacey, WA, USA
 
GregS wrote:
I know many who fly drones. I have two. Most drone pilots I know just don't care. That will change when the FAA finally puts into law the RID. Coming 1 Jan 2023; Remote Identification Law. Each drone weighing over 250 grams must have the RID in/on their drone. It transmits important data to aircraft flying in the area; altitude, airspeed, direction, and the location of the drone pilot to anyone on the ground with an app on their cellphone. So...here comes the confrontations!!!!


I don't see Remote ID working like they think it will. It is going to be fun to watch and maybe be part of. I can see where it might work for stopping stadium fly overs and incident fly overs.

I have a sub 250 gram drone and a 107. I would not have had to register it for backyard play but I want to use it when people want videos or photos. For that I need a 107 and a registered drone, regardless of weight.

Is it possible that the Remote ID requirement will foster more "outlaw" operation and fewer "compliant" drone owners? Let's say friends, maybe even paying clients, want images of them and their boat. For that I should have part 107, a registered drone and using remote id. Or, am I just going get it done without bothering anyone. If I do no harm, how many of the FAA's limited resources are going to go after me. What most of us do is NOT fly through NFL stadiums!

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Sep 12, 2022 20:17:14   #
davidrb Loc: Hangar i13
 
DaveO wrote:
Follow the thread much?


You're still in the Agony section.

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