Public Safety Drone Training

The Smarter Drone Pilot – Assumptions and Beliefs

The Smarter Drone Pilot – Assumptions And Beliefs

This week I’d like to talk about a prominent issue that impacts all pilots. I’ve observed many pilots of all levels making decisions that contain a classic mistake. Unfortunately, it is one I have made myself in the past and probably will in the future. It is the pilot problem of assumptions and beliefs. The drone world has been unlike …

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FAA Issues Public Aircraft Training Flight Memo Impacts UAS

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Up until November 12, 2021, UAS COA operations were not allowed to conduct training flights. All pilots would have needed to hold a Part 107 pilot certificate or the flight would have been not permitted under the COA. On November 12, 2021, the FAA Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulations issued the following memo to provide a bit more clarification. However, …

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The Smarter Drone Pilot – What You Can’t See

New Drone Education Column For All Pilots Takes Flight

As an FAA certificated pilot since 1988, I’ve learned one lesson that everyone should accept to be a better aviator; you are never going to know it all, but you have to make an effort to keep learning. I’m regularly trying to educate new drone pilots through my site Public Safety Flight. So it seems as not a day goes by …

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Drones Public Aircraft and the Law Explained – FAA Presentation

Drones Public Aircraft And The Law Explained – Faa Presentation

The transcript of the session is below but keep in mind I did not go through it to correct little things. The links and documents mentioned in this webinar can be found here. The speakers in this webinar included the folks below. Transcript 00:00:10.557 –> 00:00:15.147 Thank you so much Tim I’m so glad that everyone could attend today. 00:00:15.157 …

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Public Safety Drone Flying During Emergencies – Instructions

Fireworks Flight Debrief

The briefing you need to fly during emergencies when you need a waiver. Applies to both Part 107 and COA pilots. This Special Process for Emergency Operations, is often referred to as the Special Governmental Interest (SGI) process, or eCOA process. The FAA has established an expedited special process for organizations responding to emergencies, who cannot fully comply with their …

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Drone Pro Discussion Slides – August 2021

The Data And Facts About Vlos Flight Distance For Uas

The following information was distributed in August 2021 to FAA FAASTeam Drone Pros, like me, to help educate the public. You can view the entire presentation here.

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Don’t Trust Marketing When it Comes to Night Flight – Watch This

Don’t Trust Marketing When It Comes To Night Flight – Watch This

I received an email from a drone manufacturer linked to this video below to look at their new product. This is a perfect example of the type of incorrect assumptions and misinformation I’ve been talking about regarding flight at night. The pilot talks about the drone strobe is needed so you can see your drone at great distances. He says …

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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 …

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New Drone Education Column for All Pilots Takes Flight

New Drone Education Column For All Pilots Takes Flight

On October 20th I started a new series on Drone Life to help all drone pilots become wiser pilots with every flight. As a public safety manned and unmanned pilot, I’ve been a part of many challenging flights. Every flight is a learning experience, and I’ve learned so much the hard way.  In the earliest days of UAS flying, the …

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Could You Spot the Drone? Come Fly Along.

When The Manned Aircraft System (mas) Is The Right Tool Instead Of The Uas

This recent training flight of mine gives you a good perspective of how difficult it would be for an airplane or a helicopter to spot a drone if a collision was likely. The video also demonstrates good crew coordination and communications. This is what is needed between an RPIC and a VO, for example. There is so much going on …

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