Saturday, May 20, 2017

DJI to restrict non-compliant drones at next software update.

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DJI to restrict non-compliant drones at next software update.
20 May 2017

This will cause a storm and will only be as good as the data DJI provides. It certainly will be a topic on our Tuesday Hangout. One of the things it brings back into sharp focus is just home much data DJI are storing on you. They are, in effect, asking for an update.
If you don’t comply with this update your DJI system will be throttled and fly no further than 50 metres distance and 30 metres altitude.
City fliers, prepare to start taking country trips to get your flying fix.
If this is an effort to appease regulators around the world, I would hope their guidance has been sought as to the applicable restricted airspace in whatever country. The accuracy and completeness of some airspace information is questionable in some places.
Will this stop DJI equipment flying altogether in countries where private RPAS flight is forbidden?
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This update, and complaints, will be lost in the noise of next week’s expected launch of the DJI Spark.
DJI will soon introduce a new application activation process for international customers. This new step, to take effect at the end of next week, ensures you will use the correct set of geospatial information and flight functions for your aircraft, as determined by your geographical location and user profile.
Even if you have registered when activating your aircraft upon purchase, you will have to log in once when you update the new version of DJI GO or GO 4 App. If you have forgotten your password since your initial login, you can reset it using a function within the DJI GO and DJI GO 4 apps.
You will need a data connection to the Internet for your smartphone or tablet when you log in, in order to verify the account information and activate the updated software or firmware.
If this activation process is not performed, the aircraft will not have access to the correct geospatial information and flight functions for that region, and its operations will be restricted if you update the upcoming firmware: Live camera streaming will be disabled, and flight will be limited to a 50-meter (164-foot) radius up to 30 meters (98 feet) high.
The feature applies to all aircraft (except standalone A3 and N3) that have been upgraded to the latest firmware or when using future versions of the DJI GO and GO 4 apps.

DJI encourages pilots to always follow applicable laws and regulations in the countries where they operate and provides information about these regulations on its FlySafe website at flysafe.dji.com.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Articles News Part 107 etc.Night Flights

I had the pleasure of moderating a panel of extremely qualified experts on the topic of drones in the supply chain. 
It is a 68 minute talk with 2 aeronautical engineers (1 of which worked on a NASA drone), 2 computer software engineers, a drone attorney, and two professors. 
I included the link in the second line of my 3 Major Legal Problems with Amazon Prime Air article since that seemed like a fitting place to put the link. :)


Hey there! 
Have you ever found yourself saying,
"Aren't logbooks required?" 
"What does the FAA want me to log?"
"There are these different logbook terms and I'm confused when to log what."

If any of these statements accurately reflect where you are, I have the perfect article for you!
I created the Ultimate Drone Logbook Guide to help bring clarity to what recreational, commercial, and public drone operators need to know.
This guide will discuss:
  • The Law Surrounding Drone Logbooks
  • Logbooks Definitions
  • Brief History of Where the Definitions Came From
  • How to Make Sense of What to Use
  • Graph of Different Logbook Terms
  • An example page of my updated drone logbook v 1.3. Guess which two science fiction movies are described in the drone logbook entries. :)
  • Recreational Drone Operations (Part 101)
  • Commercial Drone Operators (Section 333 & Part 107). 
  • Reasons Why You Should Have a Logbook
  • Paper vs. Electronic Drone Logbooks
  • What Types of Drone Logbooks Are on the Market?
  • Drone Logbooks Apps
  • Drone Flight Logbook Templates, Excel, or PDF
  • Paper Drone Logbooks
  • Review of the 3 Most Popular Paper Logbooks on the Market
  • How to Fill Out My Logbook.

I created an Ultimate Guide to Drone Events page that lists drone events all around the world. This is great for planning trips (or vacations so you can write off some of it as a business trip) because it shows locations on an interactive map and also by date.
I will actually be speaking in person at one of the events and virtually at two of the events coming up. Make sure to check them out! 

Part 107 allows for certain regulations to be waived so certain types of operations can be done. Click here to read my article on which regulations and operations need waivers.
The FAA has been processing waivers through their system somewhat slowly. I have found that the average turn around time on night waivers for clients currently is running around 45 days. For airspace waivers, they are taking forevaaaa.......
The DOT Inspector General's Office is going to be auditing the FAA's waiver program. Here is the letter. 
This is interesting because this report could come out during the discussions that will start ramping up in the summer regarding the FAA's funding. The current FAA re-authorization of funding runs out on September 30, 2107. In other words, bad news for the FAA could come out during the time when Congress starts discussing their funding. 


Hey Ya'll!
I've been quiet since December building out the website and the back end of my operations.
Why?
Because I want to deliver to you the best content possible.
The email list is growing rapidly and has already over 10,000 subscribers.Remember that survey I sent out to you guys? Many of you responded. The survey produced great information!
The results of that survey went into designing the website, future articles, future products, emails, topics, etc. I updated the navigation and the homepage. You should search around.
I created three brand new articles (details on how to read them are below):
  • 22 Brand New Super-Hard Part 107 Practice Questions
  • The ULTIMATE Guide of Drone Events & Factors for Choosing the Right Show.
  • 7 Big Problems with Counter-Drone Technology (Drone Jammers, Anti-drone Guns, etc.)
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Thanks so much. If you have read this far down, make sure you go back up to click which one is applicable to you! :)

I had the pleasure of moderating a panel of extremely qualified experts on the topic of drones in the supply chain. 
It is a 68 minute talk with 2 aeronautical engineers (1 of which worked on a NASA drone), 2 computer software engineers, a drone attorney, and two professors. 
I included the link in the second line of my 3 Major Legal Problems with Amazon Prime Air article since that seemed like a fitting place to put the link. :) 


Part 107 Study Guide with 6 Cram Pages

41 Part 107 Sample Questions
Click here to download the 41 Part 107 sample test questions answered and explained. (These are included in the Part 107 study guide above)

Infographics:
You have permission to use these for educational purposes (yes, even if you make money) provided you leave them as is.
(2 Page PDF. Perfect to print out on both sides of a 8.5 x 11 piece of paper and hand to people).
(4 page PDF for 8.5 x 11 pieces of paper.)

Popular Part 107 Articles:
Articles on Part 107 Waivers:

The FAA vacated the Part 48 registration requirements as applied tomodel aircraft. Link Insde

You can read the court's opinion here and the summary.
Taylor v. FAA (Drone Registration Lawsuit) drone-registration-lawsuit

Video: https://youtu.be/XPVT6XV7O0g


Saturday, April 1, 2017

DJI Spark Drone (News)


DJI Spark Drone 6th of March 2017 DJI has filled the application for the trademark for the word mark “Spark”. Is  the DJI Spark going to be a new drone? -Most likely, yes. There was a lot of speculation about Phantom 5 coming soon, but seriously… it’s coming, but not any time soon. DJI has cannibalized the regular Phantom 4 with the release of the next generation just in less than one year and quite a lot of people was unhappy with that. DJI is not going to release a new product until the competition really will push The next drone we are going to see will be DJI Mavic Standard, which will be a downgraded version of the original Mavic, featuring shorter RC range, less sensors, and non 4K camera. What to expect from DJI Spark? Let’s try to find some keyword associations with the “Spark”. First of all spark is fast, secondly it’s small, and lastly it’s bright. Photo by DRL The name of the product is telling us that this will be an FPV Racing drone.  Unlike the world’s largest racing drone, DJI Spark might be even smaller than standard 250 range quads. We can clearly see that DJI has been preparing to this drone for very long time already. First they have opened a DJI Arena in Korea, then they have released a new DJI FPV Goggles, and then they have shown a DJI Snail propulsion kit. UPDATE: Just in 2 hours after publishing this article 2 sources have leaked the images of new DJI Spark! First Henry Wang posted photos on Facebook, then SB-DJI has posted the same leaks.  Here are the photos of Spark: Looks like the DJI Spark is only about 13cm or 6 inch long. Despite the size DJI spark will have a Gimbal. Still unclear if it’s 2 or 3 axis Summary of what we know about DJI Spark: 1. It’s tiny (13cm or 6 inch long) 2. It’s not foldable 3. It has a gimbal (not sure if it’s 2 or 3 axis) 4. It has somewhat quick-charge connectors th the bottom 5. It has VPS and Sonar sensors 6. It can be charged with regular USB Most likely new drone will be coming this summer. The best way to know any further updates about this product is to follow We Talk UAV on Facebook or Twitter. So stay tuned, and let us know what do you expect from the next DJI drone. Thank you for reading!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

GoPro Karma Crashes Threw Window


A GoPro drone crashed through a Manhattan woman’s 27th-floor window and landed just feet from her as she sat in her living room enjoying a quiet evening at home, police sources said Sunday. The 66-year-old resident was working on her computer inside the East River high-rise when the hobby craft smashed through the window at around 5:45 p.m., according to the sources. The 1-by-1-foot device — which has a 10-inch propeller and a camera — landed on the floor just 4 feet away from her, cops said. “Poor lady. She’s lucky she wasn’t killed,” said Stephanie Bowden, 23, who was visiting her boyfriend’s apartment 11 floors below at the time. Police on Sunday were investigating who owns the drone, a remote-controlled 2.2-pound GoPro Karma Quadcopter model, and where it came from. The Federal Aviation Administration also plans to look into it, police sources said. If the owner registered the device with the FAA — which is legally required for recreational drones between .55 and 55 pounds — it can be traced back to the owner, sources said. 20 Waterside PlazaChristopher Sadowski Police also may be able to use a serial number located on the base and battery of the drone to track down who it belongs to, sources said. Flying drones recreationally is banned in Manhattan and nearly everywhere else in the city, except in five outer-borough parks, according to the Parks Department. Drones are forbidden fewer than five miles from JFK or LaGuardia airports in any direction under federal aviation law. The FAA offers other “guidelines,” too, noting that the gadgets should not be flown near buildings and bridges or more than 400 feet in the air. The 66-year-old victim of Saturday’s bizarre accident declined comment to The Post — but stunned neighbors at her building at 20 Waterside Plaza said it takes home intrusion to new heights. Nick Ward, 24, a project engineer who lives on 30th floor, said, “That’s pretty crazy. I’d say the statistics for this happening are really, really low.” Bowden added, “The last thing you expect is for something to come crashing through the window. “I can’t imagine how scary that must have been.’’ Drones have caused other problems in the Big Apple. Last year, a 28-year-old video maker was arrested for accidentally flying a drone into the Empire State Building. In July, a 52-year-old man also was busted flying the gadget 20 feet below a passenger jet as it was landing at JFK Airport. And in May 2015, a graffiti “artist” used a drone to spray-paint a six-story Calvin Klein billboard in Soho. A rep for GoPro didn’t return a request for comment Sunday.

Monday, November 28, 2016

This anti-drone gun looks Beastly!


This anti-drone gun looks beastly, but it’s actually quite gentle Link: https://youtu.be/sbW3ZeoMJio With airports, prisons, and other important facilities dealing with a growing number of incursions by amateur drone pilots, tech firms have been springing up to develop gear aimed at dealing with the problem. The latest bit of kit to hit the market is this badass bazooka-like contraption from Australian firm DroneShield. This is one awesome beast by any standards, and at first glance looks as if it’d have little trouble smashing a rogue drone to smithereens. And then some. In reality, however, the DroneGun’s method of operation is surprisingly gentle. When the operator pulls the trigger, you’ll see no destructive projectiles flying forth from the DroneGun. Instead, the device jams the signal between the drone pilot and their bird, forcing the machine to fly rapidly back to the ground. A neat feature also gives the operator the option to trigger the drone’s “return to home” function, making it easier for the authorities to locate the perpetrator so they can investigate the motive behind the possibly illegal flight. Keeping the drone intact also aids later inspection of the machine and preserves evidence in the case of a serious incident. Sydney-based DroneShield officially launched its rifle-shaped device on Monday. Operated by a single person and used in conjunction with the company’s drone sensor gear, the 13-pound (6 kg) DroneGun can take down rogue quadcopters and other remotely controlled flying machines up to 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) away, a decent range that should be adequate for most locations and situations. DroneShield says it’s marketing its device globally “to customers who are legally able to purchase it,” which probably means you won’t be using it to patrol the airspace over your house anytime soon. Peter James, CEO of DroneShield, says is his target market includes “a wide range of customers from government and military agencies to civil infrastructure to VIP protection.” More: Halt! A new home security system deploys a drone to patrol your property Other anti-drone solutions that have been getting attention over the last year include this awesome projectile-firing bazooka, a net-carrying interceptor drone used by cops in Japan, and a notably low-tech system that uses trained eagles to pluck rogue drones out of the air. For a quick look at the DroneGun in action, check out the video at the top of the page. The U.K. may start using eagles to take down drones Flybrix is a modular drone for kids that's built almost entirely out of Legos Dutch cops are now using eagles to take down rogue drones

Friday, September 2, 2016

FAA Section 107 Testing

FAA Exam Example:

Date effective: August 29, 2016
The following sample exam for Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) is suitable study material for the Remote Pilot Certificate with a small UAS Rating. These questions are a representation of questions that can be found on all Unmanned Aircraft General tests. The applicant must realize that these questions are to be used as a study guide, and are not necessarily actual test questions. The full UAG test contains 60 questions. The Application Identification, Information Verification and Authorization Requirements Matrix lists all FAA exams. It is available at http://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/media/testing_matrix.pdf.
The FAA testing system is supported by a series of supplement publications. These publications include the graphics, legends, and maps that are needed to successfully respond to certain test questions. The FAA-CT-8080-2G, Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, and Private Pilot has the supplemental graphics necessary to assist in answering any question on a UAG exam referring to a figure. It is available at http://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/supplements/media/sport_rec_private_akts.pdf.
The Learning Statement Reference Guide for Airman Knowledge Testing contains listings of learning statements with their associated codes. Matching the learning statement codes with the codes listed on your Airman Knowledge Test Report assists in the evaluation of knowledge areas missed on your exam. It is available at http://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/media/LearningStatementReferenceGuide.pdf.


Exam:
Sample UAG Exam:
1 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 21.) What airport is located approximately 47 (degrees) 40 (minutes) N latitude and 101 (degrees) 26 (minutes) W longitude?
MercerCountyRegionalAirport. 

SemshenkoAirport. 

Garrison Airport. 

PLT064 / UA.V.B.K6a Sources for airport data: Aeronautical charts.
2 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 26.) What does the line of latitude at area 4 measure?
ThedegreesoflatitudeeastandwestofthePrimeMeridian. 

Thedegreesoflatitudenorthandsouthfromtheequator. 

The degrees of latitude east and west of the line that passes through Greenwich, England. 

PLT064 / UA.V.B.K6a Sources for airport data: Aeronautical charts.
3 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 23, area 3.) What is the floor of the Savannah Class C airspace at the shelf area (outer circle)?
1,300feetAGL. 

1,300feetMSL. 

1,700 feet MSL. 

PLT040 / UA.II.A.K1b General airspace: Class C controlled airspace.
4 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 59, area 2.) The chart shows a gray line with "VR1667, VR1617, VR1638, and VR1668." Could this area present a hazard to the operations of a small UA?
No,alloperationswillbeabove400feet. 

Yes,thisisaMilitaryTrainingRoutefromthesurfaceto1,500feetAGL. 

Yes, the defined route provides traffic separation to manned aircraft. 

PLT064 / UA.II.A.K2 Special use within airspace. (Prohibited, restricted, warning, military operations,
alert, and controlled firing.)
5 According to 14 CFR part 107 the remote pilot-in-command (PIC) of a small unmanned aircraft planning to operate within Class C airspace
mustuseavisualobserver. 

isrequiredtofileaflightplan. 

is required to receive ATC authorization. 

PLT161 / UA.II.A.K1b General airspace: Class C controlled airspace.
6 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 21.) You have been hired by a farmer to use your small UA to inspect his crops. The area that you are to survey is in the Devil`s Lake West MOA, east of area 2. How would you find out if the MOA is active?
Refertothelegendforspecialuseairspacephonenumber. 

ThisinformationisavailableintheSmallUASdatabase. 

In the Military Operations Directory. 

PLT064 / UA.II.A.K2 Special use within airspace. (Prohibited, restricted, warning, military operations,
alert, and controlled firing.)

Unmanned Aircraft System – Small Sample Exam with ACS Codes
7 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 20, area.) How would a remote PIC "CHECK NOTAMS" as noted in the CAUTION box regarding the unmarked balloon?
ByutilizingtheB4UFLYmobileapplication. 

BycontactingtheFAAdistrictoffice. 

By obtaining a briefing via an online source such as: 1800WXBrief.com. 

PLT037 / UA.II.B.K7 Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs) System process to include calling flight service, establish
a NOTAM, and advising of flight intentions.
8 To ensure that the unmanned aircraft center of gravity (CG) limits are not exceeded, follow the aircraft loading instructions specified in the
Pilot'sOperatingHandbookorUASFlightManual. 

AeronauticalInformationManual(AIM). 

Aircraft Weight and Balance Handbook. 

PLT313 / UA.IV.A.K1b General loading and performance: Balance, stability, and center of gravity.
9 When operating an unmanned airplane, the remote pilot should consider that the load factor on the wings may be increased anytime
theCGisshiftedrearwardtotheaftCGlimit. 

theairplaneissubjectedtomaneuversotherthanstraightandlevelflight. 

the gross weight is reduced. 

PLT310 / UA.IV.A.K3 Determining performance.
10 A stall occurs when the smooth airflow over the unmanned airplane`s wing is disrupted, and the lift degenerates rapidly. This is caused when the wing
exceedsthemaximumspeed. 

exceedsmaximumallowableoperatingweight. 

exceeds it`s critical angle of attack. 

PLT312 / UA.IV.A.K1b General loading and performance: Balance, stability, and center of gravity.
11 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 2.) If an unmanned airplane weighs 33 pounds, what approximate weight would the airplane structure be required to support during a 30° banked turn while maintaining altitude?
34pounds. 

47pounds. 

38 pounds. 

PLT309 / UA.IV.A.K3 Determining performance.
12 Which is true regarding the presence of alcohol within the human body?
Asmallamountofalcoholincreasesvisionacuity. 

Consuminganequalamountofwaterwillincreasethedestructionofalcoholandalleviateahangover. 

Judgment and decision-making abilities can be adversely affected by even small amounts of alcohol. 

PLT205 / UA.V.E.K2 Drugs and alcohol use.
2

Unmanned Aircraft System – Small Sample Exam with ACS Codes
13 When using a small UA in a commercial operation, who is responsible for briefing the participants about emergency procedures?
TheFAAinspector-in-charge. 

Theleadvisualobserver. 

PLT441 / UA.V.C.K1 Emergency planning and communication.
14 To avoid a possible collision with a manned airplane, you estimate that your small UA climbed to an altitude greater than 600 feet AGL. To whom must you report the deviation?
AirTrafficControl. 

TheNationalTransportationSafetyBoard. 

Upon request of the Federal Aviation Administration. 

PLT403 / UA.V.C.K1 Emergency planning and communication.
15 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 26, area 2.) While monitoring the Cooperstown CTAF you hear an aircraft announce that they are midfield left downwind to RWY 13. Where would the aircraft be relative to the runway?
TheaircraftisEast. 

TheaircraftisSouth. 

The aircraft is West. 

PLT146 / UA.V.A.K3 Recommended traffic advisory procedures. (such as: self-announcing of position and
intentions by manned aviation operations and activities.)
16 Under what condition should the operator of a small UA establish scheduled maintenance protocol?
Whenthemanufacturerdoesnotprovideamaintenanceschedule. 

UASdoesnotneedarequiredmaintenanceschedule. 

When the FAA requires you to, following an accident. 

PLT446 / UA.V.F.K1 Basic maintenance.
17 According to 14 CFR part 107, the responsibility to inspect the small UAS to ensure it is in a safe operating condition rests with the
remotepilot-in-command. 

owner of the small UAS. 

PLT372 / UA.V.F.K2 Preflight inspection.
18 Identify the hazardous attitude or characteristic a remote pilot displays while taking risks in order to impress others?
A. Impulsivity.
B. Invulnerability.
C. Macho.
PLT232 / UA.V.D.K4 Hazardous attitudes.

Unmanned Aircraft System – Small Sample Exam with ACS Codes
19 You are a remote pilot for a co-op energy service provider. You are to use your UA to inspect power lines in a remote area 15 hours away from your home office. After the drive, fatigue impacts your abilities to complete your assignment on time. Fatigue can be recognized
easilybyanexperiencedpilot. 

asbeinginanimpairedstate. 

by an ability to overcome sleep deprivation. 

PLT272 / UA.V.E.K5 Stress and fatigue.
20 Safety is an important element for a remote pilot to consider prior to operating an unmanned aircraft system. To prevent the final "link" in the accident chain, a remote pilot must consider which methodology?
CrewResourceManagement. 

SafetyManagementSystem. 

Risk Management. 

PLT104 / UA.V.D.K1 Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM).
21 When adapting crew resource management (CRM) concepts to the operation of a small UA, CRM must be integrated into
theflightportiononly. 

allphasesoftheoperation. 

the communications only. 

PLT104 / UA.V.D.K2 Crew Resource Management (CRM).
22 You have been hired as a remote pilot by a local TV news station to film breaking news with a small UA. You expressed a safety concern and the station manager has instructed you to “fly first, ask questions later.” What type of hazardous attitude does this attitude represent?
A. Machismo.
B. Invulnerability.
C. Impulsivity.
PLT103 / UA.V.D.K4 Hazardous attitudes.
23 A local TV station has hired a remote pilot to operate their small UA to cover breaking news stories. The remote pilot has had multiple near misses with obstacles on the ground and two small UAS accidents. What would be a solution for the news station to improve their operating safety culture?
Thenewsstationshouldimplementapolicyofnomorethanfivecrashes/incidentswithin6months. 

Thenewsstationdoesnotneedtomakeanychanges;therearetimesthatanaccidentisunavoidable. 

The news station should recognize hazardous attitudes and situations and develop standard operating 
procedures that emphasize safety. 

PLT103 / UA.V.D.K1 Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM).
24 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 22, area 2.) At Coeur D`Alene which frequency should be used as a Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) to monitor airport traffic?
122.05MHz. 

135.075MHz. 

122.8 MHz. 

PLT064 / UA.V.B.K6a Sources for airport data: Aeronautical charts.

Unmanned Aircraft System – Small Sample Exam with ACS Codes
25 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 26, area 4.) You have been hired to inspect the tower under construction at 46.9N and 98.6W, near Jamestown Regional (JMS). What must you receive prior to flying your unmanned aircraft in this area?
Authorizationfromthemilitary. 

AuthorizationfromATC. 

Authorization from the National Park Service. 

PLT101 / UA.V.B.K6a Sources for airport data: Aeronautical charts.
26 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 20, area 3.) With ATC authorization, you are operating your small unmanned aircraft approximately 4 SM southeast of Elizabeth City Regional Airport (ECG). What hazard is indicated to be in that area?
Highdensitymilitaryoperationsinthevicinity. 

Unmarkedballoononacableupto3,008feetAGL. 

Unmarked balloon on a cable up to 3,008 feet MSL. 

PLT064 / UA.V.B.K6a Sources for airport data: Aeronautical charts.
27 The most comprehensive information on a given airport is provided by
theChartSupplementsU.S.(formerlyAirportFacilityDirectory). 

NoticestoAirmen(NOTAMS). 

Terminal Area Chart (TAC). 

PLT281 / UA.V.B.K6b Sources for airport data: Chart Supplements U.S. (formerly Airport/facility directory)
28 According to 14 CFR part 107, who is responsible for determining the performance of a small unmanned aircraft?
Remotepilot-in-command. 

Manufacturer. 

Owner or operator. 

PLT454 / UA.I.B.K20 Preflight familiarization, inspection, and actions for aircraft operations.
29 Which technique should a remote pilot use to scan for traffic? A remote pilot should
systematicallyfocusondifferentsegmentsoftheskyforshortintervals. 

concentrateonrelativemovementdetectedintheperipheralvisionarea. 

continuously scan the sky from right to left. 

PLT530 / UA.I.B.K1 Registration requirements for small unmanned aircraft systems.
30 Under what condition would a small UA not have to be registered before it is operated in the United States?
A. Whentheaircraftweighslessthan.55poundsontakeoff,includingeverythingthatison-boardorattachedto the aircraft.
B. Whentheaircrafthasatakeoffweightthatismorethan.55pounds,butlessthan55pounds,notincludingfuel and necessary attachments.
C. All small UAS need to be registered regardless of the weight of the aircraft before, during, or after the flight. PLT530 / UA.I.B.K1 Registration requirements for small unmanned aircraft systems.
31 According to 14 CFR part 48, when must a person register a small UA with the Federal Aviation Administration?
AllciviliansmallUAsweighinggreaterthan.55poundsmustberegisteredregardlessofitsintendeduse. 

WhenthesmallUAisusedforanypurposeotherthanasamodelaircraft. 

Only when the operator will be paid for commercial services. 

PLT530 / UA.I.B.K1 Registration requirements for small unmanned aircraft systems.

Unmanned Aircraft System – Small Sample Exam with ACS Codes
32 According to 14 CFR part 48, when would a small UA owner not be permitted to register it?
Theownerislessthan13yearsofage. 

AllpersonsmustregistertheirsmallUA. 

If the owner does not have a valid United States driver's license. 

PLT530 / UA.I.B.K1 Registration requirements for small unmanned aircraft systems.
33 According to 14 CFR part 107, how may a remote pilot operate an unmanned aircraft in class C airspace?
TheremotepilotmusthavepriorauthorizationfromtheAirTrafficControl(ATC)facilityhaving jurisdiction over that airspace. 

TheremotepilotmustmonitortheAirTrafficControl(ATC)frequencyfromlaunchtorecovery. 

The remote pilot must contact the Air Traffic Control (ATC) facility after launching the unmanned aircraft. 

PLT161 / UA.I.B.K16 Prior authorization required for operation in certain airspace.
34 According to 14 CFR part 107, what is required to operate a small UA within 30 minutes after official sunset?
Useofanti-collisionlights. 

Mustbeoperatedinaruralarea. 

Use of a transponder. 

PLT119 / UA.I.B.K9 Daylight operation.
35 You have received an outlook briefing from flight service through 1800wxbrief.com. The briefing indicates you can expect a low-level temperature inversion with high relative humidity. What weather conditions would you expect?
Smoothair,poorvisibility,fog,haze,orlowclouds. 

Lightwindshear,poorvisibility,haze,andlightrain. 

Turbulent air, poor visibility, fog, low stratus type clouds, and showery precipitation. 

PLT226 / UA.III.B.K1i Weather theory: Fog.
36 What effect does high density altitude have on the efficiency of a UA propeller?
Propellerefficiencyisincreased. 

Propellerefficiencyisdecreased. 

Density altitude does not affect propeller efficiency. 

PLT351 / UA.III.B.K1a Weather theory: Density altitude.
37 What are characteristics of a moist, unstable air mass?
Turbulenceandshoweryprecipitation. 

Poorvisibilityandsmoothair. 

Haze and smoke. 

PLT511 / UA.III.B.K1d Weather theory: Air masses and fronts.
38 What are the characteristics of stable air?
Goodvisibilityandsteadyprecipitation. 

Poorvisibilityandsteadyprecipitation. 

Poor visibility and intermittent precipitation. 

PLT173 / UA.III.B.K1c Weather theory: Atmospheric stability, pressure, and temperature.

Unmanned Aircraft System – Small Sample Exam with ACS Codes
39 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 12.) The wind direction and velocity at KJFK is from
180°trueat4knots. 

180°magneticat4knots. 

040° true at 18 knots. 

PLT059 / UA.III.A.K2 Aviation routine weather reports (METAR).
40 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 12.) What are the current conditions for Chicago Midway Airport (KMDW)?
Sky700feetovercast,visibility1-1/2SM,rain. 

Sky7000feetovercast,visibility1-1/2SM,heavyrain. 

Sky 700 feet overcast, visibility 11, occasionally 2SM, with rain. 

PLT059 / UA.III.A.K2 Aviation routine weather reports (METAR).

Sunday, August 28, 2016

A landmark day for Drone Flights!

The federal government is officially opening America's skies to drones.
FAA rules for the commercial use of drones go into effect Monday.

"It's an important moment," said Brian Wynne, chief executive of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. "But it probably won't be like a light switch going on."
Interested drone pilots must pass an aeronautical exam before they are allowed to fly. The first exam will be available at 8 a.m. Monday morning, which 3,351 people have signed up to take.
The exam has generated "great excitement" from a wide range of industries around the country, according to Mark Dennehy, president of Computer Assisted Testing Service, which administers the test.
Drones are appealing because they provide aerial photos and video at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods. Potential uses include crop monitoring, construction site management, search and rescue, surveying, film-making and firefighting.
The key rules for businesses are this: Do not fly at night or over anyone not involved in your operation. Drones also may not fly higher than 400 feet, must be under 55 pounds and must remain in the visual sight of a human operator.
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More than 3,000 businesses have already received a government exemption to fly.
The new rules simplify the process of flying legally. Drone operators will no longer need to receive a pilot's license, which has been a point of contention. Getting a pilot's license is expensive and time-intensive, and some of the skills taught aren't applicable to flying a drone.
The current rules include limitations that will hamper the arrival of some drone services, such as autonomous delivery. So don't expect companies to be dropping packages in your backyard anytime soon.
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There is a waiver process for businesses that have their hearts' set on flying at night, over 400 feet or beyond the line of sight of a drone operator.
The new drone rules arrived late -- missing a deadline Congress set in 2012, but Wynne said he's seen the FAA adapt to the challenge of regulating the rapidly developing technology.
"It's a sea change in mentality inside the FAA to we have to work with industry on this," Wynne said. "It's a change in mentality away from the big hammer FAA to one that recognizes, 'Hey we can't be in all places at all times.'"

Saturday, July 9, 2016

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New FAA rules mean US companies can fly drones without a pilot's license

New FAA rules mean US companies can fly drones without a pilot's license

It's a step in the right direction, but doesn't bring drone delivery any closer to reality

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This morning the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled "Part 107," a new set of rules to govern the use of drones by commercial operators. Before today any for-profit entity flying a drone — from real estate agents to farmers to photographers — had to have a pilot's license. The updated regulatory framework replaces that license with a knowledge test and certificate specific to flying a drone — allowing companies a much cheaper, faster, and simpler path to getting in the air.

"This is a major development for the future of drones in America. It means that businesses and farmers and government agencies and academic researchers can put drones to work without having to get an airplane pilot’s license or follow other onerous rules. Those were pretty high barriers to entry," said DJI spokesman Adam Lisberg. "Part 107 is a vote of confidence from the FAA that drones can be safely integrated into the national airspace, and that a wider adoption of drones for all sorts of non-recreational uses will bring real benefits to America."

While this change will bolster the rapidly growing young industry, the new rules did not make room for any new kinds of autonomous flight. That means Amazon's ambitious plan for drone delivery still wouldn't be legal anywhere in the US. Operators are required to maintain a visual line of sight with the drone at all times and can't operate more than one mission at a time. For drone delivery to make sense, a fleet of fully autonomous units would have to operate well beyond line of sight, with a single operator managing dozens or even hundreds of drones at once.

"This is a step in the right direction for the FAA. A number of industries can benefit from these rules the instant they go into effect, such as surveying, real estate photography, constructing, or cell tower inspection. The big one though, delivery, is definitely getting left out in the cold with these rules," said Logan Campbell, the CEO of Aerotas. "All of the long-distance stuff will clearly still have to wait."

The new rules keep the existing limitations that commercial drones may only fly during daylight, must stay below 400ft, and can weigh no more than 55 pounds. The new rules also establish a top speed of 100 miles per hour. Small drones will now be allowed to fly in sparsely populated areas without FAA approval, but must still work with air traffic control if they are planning to fly a mission over crowded airspace or above heavily populated areas. The rules also noted that an operator can fly a commercial drone without a certificate if they are supervised by someone who has been certified, opening up the possibility that multiple drones could be operated by a team with only a single certified operator who acts as an overseer.

"With this new rule, we are taking a careful and deliberate approach that balances the need to deploy this new technology with the FAA’s mission to protect public safety," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "But this is just our first step. We’re already working on additional rules that will expand the range of operations."