Sneak Peek: FAA part 107 Regulations

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  1. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    With tip of the hat to Scott "Hawkeye" Strimple for noticing this:

    http://www.suasnews.com/2016/06/par...ems-suas-summary-major-provisions-14-cfr-107/

    No big bad surprises compared to the NPRM. Interesting that FPV is permitted but provided that see-and-avoid is attained by other means (e.g. Visual Observer).

    Andy

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  2. Steve Maller

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    It'll be interesting to see how the testing infrastructure is implemented. What I've heard is that the tests should be available within 60 days of the announcement.

    I'm very grateful to all those who have participated in this very lengthy process (including you, @Andy Johnson-Laird) and I hope this ushers in a new, positive era in unmanned flight.
     
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  3. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    Well, we've got a ways to go yet, Steve insofar as Part 107 will not cover:

    1. Commercial flight operations over people.
    2. Extended and Beyond Visual Line of Sight (EVLOS/BVLOS) flight operations.

    But the FAA's taking the first step.
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  4. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    Hmmm. This looks like it might be the on-line version of the pilot knowledge examination:

    https://beta.faasafety.gov/gslac/ALC/course_content.aspx?pf=1&preview=true&cID=1461

    Andy

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  5. Steve Maller

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  6. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    Funny you should mention it, but the first question in the FAA knowledge test is:

    1. Can you find the rest of the knowledge test?


    Andy

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  7. Steve Maller

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    Sigh.
     
  8. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    The Part 107 regulations are now published.
    Summary at http://www.faa.gov/uas/media/Part_107_Summary.pdf

    They go into effect on August 16, 2016 (which is warp speed for the FAA).

    Full part 107 is at http://www.faa.gov/uas/media/RIN_2120-AJ60_Clean_Signed.pdf : note that this document is 624 pages long. The actual part 107 starts at page 596. The first 595 pages are discussion of NPRM comments and justification for why Part 107 is the way it is.

    Andy.

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  9. Steve Maller

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    Thank you, Andy. Any indications from the press conference/announcement as to when they'll make study materials and more information about the test available? Is that what's rolling out on Aug 16? I think I'll get my beach chair and go get in line outside the local flight school the night before. :)
     
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    Forgive me, as I don't speak legalese, but are there provisions for flying above 400 feet and/or at night?
     
  11. Mike Fortin

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    No.
     
  12. Steve Maller

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    I beg to differ. It seems from the official FAA docs that with respect to the aforementioned restrictions... "Most of the restrictions discussed above are waivable if the applicant demonstrates that his or her operation can safely be conducted under the terms of a certificate of waiver."
     
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    Guess that remains to be seen, from what the FAA has told me night operations will still not be "legal". Every FAA person you speak to however has given a different answer even if they haven't been asked a question. Strange.
     
  14. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    I've not seen anything specific on study materials and the availability of the test. I'd be more tempted to take the test on line, and that's even in spite of my innate British desire to want to queue up for something, anything....

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  15. Steve Maller

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    It appears the online test will only be available to current pilot's license holders, right? The great unwashed masses (of which I am a card-carrying member) will have to take the test at a physical location. Fortunately it seems there are two quite close to me (Palo Alto Airport).
     
  16. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    You're right. I guess I'll need to buy a beach chair too (my PPL is not current). Nearest FSDO is about 13 miles from me.
    Suggest you remove your headgear before showing up at the FAA. They might not get it. :rolleyes:

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  17. Mike Fortin

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    It will be interesting to see how they make you take the "written" and if they make you go to an FAA approved center to do so. Also, if the test is anything like the current pilots written, the questions are constantly changing.
     
  18. Steve Maller

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    The rule seems pretty clear on this account. And if they don't change the questions every so often, it isn't worth administering a test, now, is it? I mean that's grade school stuff.

    I'd say that given the speed at which all this is changing and the massive diversity of applications out there, those of us who just want to make movies with our UAVs got a pretty good deal. Certainly compared to how it's been for the last few years.

    That said, if I'd gone to the trouble to get a PPL in the last few months and gone through the morass that is the 333 process, I'd be less than thrilled right now.
     
  19. Mike Fortin

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    I did get my PPL last year and I think in some places like LA the PPL may still be required when it comes to the permit offices. Also, it seems the 333 may still be needed for some work such as closed-set filming.

    The more that can be done to weed out the riffraff the better.
     
  20. Gary Haynes

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    Ah a new acronym from the FAA. Certificate of Waiver. Or as Bart Simpson predicted "Don't have a COW get an FAA COW."
     
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