Public Safety Drone Flight

Great Example of Aviation Planning – Video

Great Example Of Aviation Planning – Video

I loved this video showing a planning and tabletop exercise by Cal Fire aviation groups and how they walk through working together and how drones can impact their operations. Communication is always key to a safe operation. One day soon we will be able to have such professionalism between manned and unmanned aviation in public safety with all aerial assets. …

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A Couple of Interesting Shots – Drone

A Couple Of Interesting Shots – Drone

I was out flying the other day in the airplane and grabbed a couple of shots. I came across a GPS waypoint named DRONE. I made a not to fly to it one day just to say I’ve been there. This is how you can legally fly over a prison. This happens to be the federal prison Butner where Bernie …

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We Can Learn a Lot From This DJI Phantom Accident

We Can Learn A Lot From This Dji Phantom Accident

A December 2, 2020 accident in the UK neatly ties up many of the concerns I’ve been writing about over the past couple of years. I wish the US had a similar detailed accident examination process but the UK leads in this effort with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch. A DJI Phantom 4 RTK was being operated by a pilot …

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The Data and Facts About VLOS Flight Distance for UAS

The Data And Facts About Vlos Flight Distance For Uas

The purpose of this article is to highlight the actual limits of flying small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAVs), specifically multi-rotors, under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) regulations. This time-consuming research began with a simple question: how far you can see and fly while still meeting the regulations under 14 CFR § 107.31 that defines legal …

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Yes It Is – Ultimate Guide to Over People Waivers & Section 107.39

Yes It Is – Ultimate Guide To Over People Waivers & Section 107.39

I was trying to wrap my head around presenting all the facts about how to get a waiver for flight over people but a hat tip is due to attorney Jon Rupprecht for his definitive work Ultimate Guide to Over People Waivers & Section 107.39. Honestly, he does a great job of accurately dealing with all the nuances and realities …

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Four Realities of Drone Aviation No Pilot Can Afford to Forget

Four Realities Of Drone Aviation No Pilot Can Afford To Forget

Another Day as a Public Safety Pilot With Unlimited Challenges Yesterday I was flying the airplane as Fire Demon 1. It finally made it out of its required annual inspection by an FAA-certificated mechanic. Being back in the airplane is a beautiful feeling. The joy of watching the ground pass below and seeing the world from a new perspective feeds …

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FAA Announces Effective Dates for Final Drone Rules

How Many Questions Will Be On The Part 107 Recurrent Test?

The final rules requiring remote identification of drones and allowing some flights over people, over moving vehicles and at night under certain conditions will go into effect on April 21, 2021. Remote identification (Remote ID) requires identification of drones in flight as well as the location of their control stations or takeoff point. It provides crucial information to our national …

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Looking for Public Safety Pilots as Flight Tester for CFR 107.31

Looking For Public Safety Pilots As Flight Tester For Cfr 107.31

I’m currently working on a project to help measure what the real visual line of sight distance is for both day and night operations to remain within the envelope for CFR 107.31 and the LAASDON limits. I can really use all the field test results I can get. Your participation helps all public safety pilots. The test should take about …

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Now This is a Giant COA Agency Drone Problem

The Short Changing Of Public Safety Drone Pilots And How You Got Screwed Over

If you are flying under a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), you should go and look at your COA approval document and see if it has the following statement in it. Most do. “Airworthiness. All aircraft flying in the NAS must be airworthy. Under Part 107.15, the Remote Pilot in Command is responsible for ensuring the UAS is airworthy. …

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I Dug Through the Drone Remote ID Regs and You Need to Read This

I Dug Through The Drone Remote Id Regs And You Need To Read This

The FAA recently passed rulemaking for the remote identification of Unmanned Aircraft (UA). I’ve seen so much written about the new rules. Some say it is no big deal. Others say not to worry about it since it won’t go into effect right away. But I’m going to do the deep dive for you and go through the 470 pages …

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