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Straight Talk About Public Safety Drone Ops

Straight Talk About Public Safety Drone Ops

This past week I had the privilege of hosting an FAA webinar on Straight Talk About Public Safety Drone Ops. We had public safety pilots from around the country that attended. The number of FAA panelists that participated was exceptional.

The information we gave turned a lot of heads and helped to clear up a lot of misinformation and misperception among pilots.

Unfortunately, the recording of the webinar failed.

But here are the slides from the one-hour webinar.

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Attendees came away with a better understanding of why it no longer makes logical sense for public safety operators to conduct flight operations under a COA instead of making sure all pilots are Part 107 certificated as commercial UAS operators.

We also talked in detail about the complaint procedure when anyone contacts the FAA and files a complaint for any reason. Any complaint can start an investigation that can expose the pilot to requests for flight data and details that can lead to formal action.

The complexities of conducting Public Aircraft Operations and the expected duties for a COA agency to conform with AC 91-91 for Public Aircraft Maintenance were discussed.

We touched on the rampant misperception about Part 107 night flying and Visual Line of Sight VLOS operations.

About Steve Rhode

The Public Safety Flight website is dedicated to news, honest information, tips, and stories about the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), UAVs, aircraft, and drones in the fire service and other public safety niches.The site was founded by Steve Rhode, an FAA-certificated airplane commercial and instrument certificated pilot and a very experienced Part 107 UAS commercial pilot. Steve is the Chief Pilot with the Wake Forest Fire Department and the North Carolina Public Safety Drone Academy. He also provides expert advice to drone pilots through Homeland Security Information Network and he is an FAA Safety Team drone expert. Steve loves to work closely with public safety pilots to answer questions and share information, real-world truth, and drone operation advice. You can contact Steve here, learn more about Steve here, or join his public safety pilot private email list here.

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