Do I Have To Own A Drone To Get My Part 107 License?

What’s going on? We’re answering another viewer question. Do I have to own a drone to get my Part 107 License? Hey guys, Art here off the dome media group. This one was sent in a few months ago and it’s a common question.

I’ve also heard conflicting information floating around about this topic. It’s a quick fix. So let’s jump right in.

Ok lets take a look at what the FAA requirements are to get your FAA Part 107 remote pilot certificate. The first requirement is that you must be at least 16 years old.

The next requirement is to Pass an aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center. The final requirement is to undergo Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) security screening.

As you see. There is no requirement of ownership of a SUAS or a drone to get your Part 107 license. That’s all I have on this question and I hope it helped you.

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FAA Part 107 Training Class G Airspace

What’s going on guys? We finally made it to Class G airspace. Now class G airspace is not controlled and does not require prior approval or authorization. The cool part about class G airspace is that a large percentage of airspace 400 feet and below is Class G airspace, Unless designated as another type of airspace.

Let’s look at our graph. As you’ll see, There is plenty of class G airspace for us to fly. However, as always, you also need to be aware of your location as it relates to state or local drone flying ordinances.

One last point to remember. Even if you know you’re in Class G airspace, but you’re going to be within 5 miles of an airport, You’ll need to call the tower if you’re a recreational pilot. It’s highly recommended that you use the B4UFLY or Airmap App.

Ok, this is the end of our series on Airspace. I hope you enjoyed it and it helped you. Stay tuned in for more Part 107 training blogs and videos.

FAA Part 107 Training Class E Airspace

Ok guys in this one we’re talking about surface Class E or Echo Airspace. Class E or Echo airspace requires authorization. As I’ve repeated about class B, C and D airspace, there is no published time as to how long it will take to received authorization to enter class E airspace.

If you can’t obtain authorization through LAANC, How many days in advance should you request authorization? Drum roll please………. If you said 90 days in advance, you’re correct.

Now For most of the united states, class E airspace doesn’t start until either 700 or 1,200 feet depending on your location. Of course for us as responsible pilots it doesn’t matter. Because we won’t be above 400 feet anyway.

Let’s take a quick look at the sectional chart for mount Vernon Airport in mount vernon Illinois. As you see there’s a faded magenta circle and a attached section extending to the northeast, surrounding Mount vernon Airport. This is called a Class E Transition area and it starts at 700 feet AGL and continues up to Class A airspace.
Anywhere outside of the faded magenta area is called the Domestic Enroute and Class E airspace starts at 1,200 feet AGL (Unless designated as another type of airspace) and also continues up to Class A airspace.

Now looking back Inside of that faded magenta area you’ll see a dashed magenta line. This is Surface class e airspace. This Class E airspace starts at the SURFACE and continues up the start of Class A airspace.

Ok, that’s all I have for now on Class E airspace. The next one is all about Class G airspace. As always, subscribe, Comment, like, follow, share and fly safe. Peaaaace..

FAA Part 107 Training Class D Airspace

Hey guys, Art, off the media group. This short post is all about class D or Delta airspace. Now, just to recap. Class B or Bravo airspace is the largest. The next step down is Class C or Charlie airspace and still even smaller we have Class D or Delta airspace.

Now, Class D or Delta airspace is controlled airspace just like Class B and C airspace, which means you need authorization before you can leave the ground. Just like Class B & C airspace, There is no published time frame on how long it will take to receive authorization.

so it’s recommended that you make your request for authorization at least 90 days before you’ll need it. That’s of course if you can’t get authorization through LAANC.

The Altitude is from the surface upward toward a specific altitude. There are no shelves like Class B or C airspace and Class D airspace is shaped like a single cylinder. The outer radius of the airspace is variable, but is generally 4 nautical miles.

Let’s take a look at Dupage airport in Illinois. First we know it’s a class D airport by the dashed blue lines. Second, we know the altitude from the the number 33 in the dashed blue box. This tells us that the altitude of this class D airspace is from the surface to 3,300 feet in a single cylinder straight up.

Ok, this was just a quick over view of Class D or Delta airspace. In our next post we’ll be talking about Class G or golf airspace. As always, subscribe, like, follow, share and fly safe. Peaaaace..

FAA Part 107 Training Class C Airspace

What’s going on guys. In this one we’re taking a look at Class C or Charlie airspace. Let’s jump right in. Class C airspace is controlled airspace & requires authorization. At the time of this post, there are 500 U.S. airports that are online with the LAANC program. LAANC is the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability.

We’ll get into the details of LAANC in another blog and video. What this means is that those 500 airports that are up and running in LAANC already, can deliver near real time airspace authorizations.

For those of us pilots that may need airspace authorization, but the airport isn’t up and running in LAANC yet. We have to use the manual process to apply for our authorization. With that, There is no published time frame for getting that authorization. Again make your requestat least 90 days in advance to be sure that you’ll get it in time.

Class C airspace is a Step down from the larger Class B airspace. Some of the smaller airports with Class C airpace include:

Little Rock National Airport (Adams Field)

Tucson International Airport

Bob Hope Airport (Burbank)

LA/Ontario International Airport

Chicago Midway International Airport

The Altitude is from the surface to the top of Class C Airspace or The bottom of Class B airspace which we discussed in the last blog and video on Class B airspace. Class C airspace usually has just one shelf and still looks like a upside down wedding cake.

As a reminder, recreational uas/drone pilots CAN NOT fly within 5 miles of an airport under any circumstances. However, as a FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot you can fly within 5 miles of an airport, with authorization. This was just a brief overview of Class C Airspace. As always, don’t forget to subscribe, like, comment, share and ofcourse, fly safe.


FAA Part 107 Training Class B Airspace

Hey guys. this short blog is part one of five on airspace. Art here, off the dome media group. In this one we’re talking about Class B airspace. US airspace is divided in 6 classes of airspace. A,B,C,D,E and G…. Why no F.. Because F is not used in the United states. However, It is used in the United Kingdom.

Now that we have that out the way, let’s look at class B airspace.Ok, I hear you again..what about class A airspace?? Class A airspace starts at 18,000 Feet mean sea level and we’re not supposed to be up there. So we’re not covering Class A airspace.

Now, Class B airspace requires ATC authorization to enter, there is no published time as to how long it will take to get authorization and it’s suggested make the request at least 90 days in advance of when you need it.

Class B airspace extends from the surface to 10,000 feet Mean sea level and surrounds the nation’s busiest airports. It typically has 2 or more levels or shelves and looks like an upside down wedding cake. Ok… that’s the basics about Class B airspace. The next blog will be all about Class C airspace.

Canon T6i Tips

Hey, guys In this one we’re taking a look at this baby here. The Canon T6i. Is it worth it? Well After a year and half of rough, real world shooting. I think I can answer that question. Welcome back, Art here. Let me first start off by saying that this isn’t going to be a regular review or unboxing. What it is going to be is me sharing some of my real world practical experiences with the camera after a year and a half. Let’s go.

Let’s start with some quick specs. The t6i weighs in at 27.4 Oz. The native iso is 100-12,800 and is Expandable to 25,600 and has 19 point cross type auto focus and can shoot at 5 frames per second. It has a 24.2-megapixel, APS-C image sensor. It shoots 1920×1080 @ 23.98 & 29.97 and 1280×720 @ 59.94 video.

So with all that spec mumbo, jumbo out the way. What have those numbers really meant in my real world shooting. et’s see. The weight of 27.4 Oz makes it not to heavy to carry around all day, while also being just heavy enough to help stabilize both still shots and video. The iso range of 100 – 12,800 sounds good. However, because the t6i has a aps-c or cropped sensor.

I’ve personally found that the upper iso range of the t6i is dangerous territory for introducing noise into your images. I’ve had the iso as high as 1600, using a rokinon 16mm, T2.2 Cine lens, with a slower shutter speed on a shoot in a dimly lit bar. The footage came out ok, but I still had to de-noise it.

As for the auto-focus, Id say it’s ok and depends on the lens you’re using. I primary use the auto-focus feature when shooting videos for the channel with the 24mm stm lens. he burst rate for still shots is 5 frames per second. As you see it does a pretty good job of catching at least one or two good shots within those 5 shots.

But know this, if you’re shooting raw + jpeg or just large jpegs. It’s going to take a few seconds to buffer and process the images. So plan your shots a accordingly. As for video. I’m primarily shooting 1920×1080 @ 23.98 fps. B roll I’m shooting 1280×720 @ 59.94 and slowing down and scaling up in post. I don’t have any complaints.

I use my t6i a lot. I shoot music videos with it, documentaries, events, short films and of course youtube videos. On the stills side I shoot a lot of urban and street photography. The only real issue I have with the camera is that the monitor is really hard to see in bright sunlight. So you might want to invest in a viewfinder.

So, back to the question at hand. Is the Canon T6i worth it? Absolutely. The trick for me was to learn the camera inside and out. Learn the limits, and then push them a little and then dial it back. The canon T6i can take you a long way.

That’s all I have for now. Follow us on Instagram and check out the images that the T6i can produce. As always, subscribe, Comment, like and share. Peaaaace.

Chicago Drone Laws

What’s going on guys? In this one we’re staying local and talking about the ban on drones in Chicago. There’s been a buzz going around subreddits and Facebook groups for the past couple of weeks about a ban on drones in Chicago. Before I get into that. For those that aren’t familiar Chicago’s brief history with drones. I’m going to walk a quick Chicago timeline as it relates to drones. In 2014 Illinois general assembly passed the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act. It basically Placed limits on law enforcement’s use of drones.

In November of 2015 the city of Chicago passed the Chicago drone ordinance. For the most part it mirrored FAA Part 107 rules. Also in november 2015 the Chicago City Council Approved a Ban On Drones and prohibited the flying of drones within 5 miles of the city’s airports And created no-fly zones over churches, schools, hospitals, police stations and private property without the owner’s consent.

Fast forward to September 2017 and the Commissioners passed an ordinance banning drones from Cook County property. This included Stroger Hospital, Cook County Jail and other county properties. lastly this month Chicago’s mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a bill that would amend the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act, Passed in 2014, To permit police to fly surveillance drones over “large scale events”.

Ok, now that we’re all caught up and on the same page and politics aside about our mayors move. So with that, there’s nothing new as it relates to a ban on drones in Chicago. At least nothing that I’ve been able to come up with. The only drone activity I’m seeing at this time, is again mayor Emanuel’s bill to amend the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act.

If you want to do some reading, I’ve included links to all the bans, bills and acts that I’ve mentioned in the comment section of the video. Well that’s it for me on this one. I hope it helped. Let me know what you’ve heard if anything. As always, subscribe, Comment, like, follow, share. More importantly, fly safe. Peaaaace.

Feiyutech A2000 Gimbal Review

What’s going on guys? Art here, Off The Dome Media Group. While waiting about 5 months for DJI to release the price of the DJI Ronin S, I got impatient. How impatient do you ask? Well I kinda freaked out. You see I had some video shoots coming up and I needed a gimbal quickly. So I ordered the Feiyutech A2000.

This is the unboxing of the Feiyutech A2000 3 axis gimbal DSLR video stabilizer. Most of the reviews for this 3 axis gimbal DSLR stabilizer have been pretty positive. Nothing that I don’t think I can overcome. Check out the video. Don’t forget to subscribe, like, follow and comment. Thanks. 🙂

DJI Ronin S Review

Hey guys, Art here off the dome media group. As you may already know. DJI released specs and pricing for the DJI Ronin S last month. Considering all the buildup over the past 5 months, the reveal was somewhat anti-climactic, with a basic email from DJI. I kinda expected more. But, I’m not going to make a big deal. Because it’s here and ready to go. Let’s dig in.

In my head, there were three main concerns about the Ronin S when it was initially announced. One was the price. Two was load capacity and three was if the camera mounting plate would be proprietary to DJI or if the’d go with something like a Manfrotto plate. DJI didn’t let me down on either point.

The price of $699, while higher than the competition. Is worth it when you look at the big picture. The load capacity comes in at 3.6 kilo grams or 7.9 lb. That’s huge and should handle most DSLR/ Lens combos. As for the camera mounting plate. DJI made the right call. They went with a Manfrotto 501PL type compatible plate. This means that you can go from the Ronin S directly to a Manfrotto monopod, or tripod without changing the mounting plate.

As for the other features. The weight is approximately 3.3 lb. (gimbal only)and Approx. 4.1 lb.. (gimbal and grip included). The Ronin S uses an RB-1 – 2400 mAh,14.4v Intelligent battery which can power the Ronin-S continuously for 12 hours if the gimbal is properly balanced. It has four built in intelligent features. Time lapse, Motion lapse, Panorama, and Track.

Right out of the box it will start/stop recording of video and pull focus for just about all the popular DSLRs from canon, panasonic and nikon. It also will tart/stop recording of video for Sony and Hasselblad models.

So what do I think? In my opinion. For what it’s worth. I think the Ronin S turned out to be the game changer that I thought it would be. The only option that’s missing the a dual handle setup. Which I’m sure will be available soon. Other than that. I’m loving it.