I was wondering what the process and things you must do in order to be certified to fly your drone for commercial purposes? I plan to use it for an agricultural business that surveys and maps growers' fields. I have found that one requirement is to become a certified pilot. Is this regulation still in effect?

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  • Yes, this is still in effective until the proposed rule making comes out sometime later this year. Right now, there's a bit of a process but you can get everything you need at uasexemptions.com

    1. File a Petition for Section 333 Exemption (DIY or Filed for you)
    2. Be granted an Exemption and issued a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization
    3. Register your aircraft. (DIY or Filed for you)
    4. Comply with all their limitations (rules) listed in the exemption and CoA including:
      1. Pilot-In-Command must be at least a FAA certified sport or recreational pilot (We like to train local pilots with existing licenses, they are much less expensive)
      2. A bunch of other rules like no night flying, must be 500' from persons, must be <200' AGL, etc.
    5. Keep mandatory documents on site for law enforcement and FAA inspectors / administrators (Binder)

    Hope this helps. - Mike

  • If I understand it correctly you don't need a sport or higher to get the 333, but when operating under the 333 you need to have someone with an airmen certificate to operate the craft

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    Its very simple, you need a minimum of a sports pilots licence and a 333 exemption. Maybe there is an operator near you that might help. Here's a map of them. http://www.suasnews.com/drone/exemptions333.html

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