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.

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.

FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Training — How I Passed The Exam In 7 Days

After reading some posts here and all over the net about the FAA Part 107 Certification rating and the limitations it appears to be putting on our beloved hobby, passion, sport, business or whatever it is to you. I have to share my thoughts. Who am I?

I’m like most of you drone/quad pilots out there. I started out with rc cars and boats then discovered flying rc planes and moved to single rotor helicopters. It’s an addiction. We can’t help ourselves. Then the drone craze hit and for most of us it was the phantom that started it all. My first drone was the phantom 2. I’m sorry to say that about 3 to 4 months into owning it I was about $2,400 into it with all the upgrades. The was the pelican hard case, zenmuse gimbal, gopro hero 3+ black, AVL 58 5.8G videolink transmitter, flysight monitor/transceiver, clover leaf antennas, helical antenna,etc.. you get it. Believe it or not. I still fly it to this day and I know, I’m due for an upgrade.

What’s my point? It’s that no matter what we’re flying or how we’re flying. We have a lot of money, spare parts, flight time and more than a few crashes invested into what we love. For me as much as I love flying the bird. I saw the business opportunity also. I’m a real estate broker and was ready to starting shooting video of my listings and doing property inspections, etc. I was also planning to shoot music videos and weddings. The sky was the limit until 333 Exemption makes it’s appearance. It sounded great, but I needed a pilot to actually fly my bird. That’s not realistic and no fun.

Then the buzz of Part 107 started flowing around the net. I played the wait and see game with everyone else. I started buying books and reading to get a jump start like everyone did. I took the FAA online course and got the certificate. I read and read and read and just got frustrated. I looked at every major and minor online ground school and the prices ranged from $199 – $3,500. I found Remote Pilot 101.

It was structured, I could take real FAA practice test as many times as I wanted and I did it at my pace. Which was slow as hell considering my schedule. But you can realistically complete the course and take the FAA exam within 7 days. I did it and passed with a whopping 80%. Hey, don’t judge me. I had a lot going. 🙂 So, Why do you need this rating??

A few reasons are:

1.You can get paid for what you’re already doing
2.You’ll have more flying options with your part 107
3.Whatever city/village you live in will a a drone ordinance soon if they don’t already. You’ll be viewed as a professional and less likely to be screwed with. ( I did say least likely)
4.As some point your drone insurance will be cheaper.
5.You open up employment/contracting options for yourself immediately.
6.Why wouldn’t you want to be a master at what you love doing? Take it to the next level.
7.You won’t have to use the crappy B4UFLY app because you’ll be a Commercial Remote Pilot.
8.If I can pass on the first take. So can you. 🙂