Top 10 Myth's & Misconceptions about FAA Part 107

Now that the Section 333 is getting close to phasing out for most, Adam from Aeroworks talks about the Top 10 myth's and misconceptions about operating as a Part 107 Remote Pilot.

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Comment by Tony Kenward on January 27, 2017 at 5:14pm

My point:  a person could volunteer with a SAR effort within the US controlled airspace withOUT a 107.  That decision of whether he/she is walking a grid with a flashlight or participating in UAV operations is left to the PO that is in authority.  The definition of 'contracted operations with a governmental entity' allows for volunteerism, as long as it is coordinated by that gov't entity.

If your training, equipment, and records are sufficient to convince the on-site coordinator that your best contribution to the SAR effort is to watch, participate, or lead the UAS effort, then you will be flying under a PAO.

Comment by SkyRover on January 27, 2017 at 5:29pm

I asked out of curiosity, it doesn't really apply to me as in my state sar falls under state police, so thats 333 not 107 or hobbyist. In my case even as a volunteer anyone officially on a mission is effectively a public servant. However, not all states are set up like that.

In this particular example with sar it goes well beyond drones. It's just as, if not more, dangerous and disruptive if the general public starts wandering in to a search area or random full size aircraft start showing up.

My issue is not with inexperienced people being allowed access, I think we're all in agreeance with that, but with how FAA defines their terms and who falls under what. Since the FAA is making decisions on what exactly is pleasure vs profit etc etc, I'd like to see how exactly they are reaching those conclusions. With sar for example, its less an issue that they're worried about sar uas operators making a profit and more they don't have a way to regulate beyond commercial, public, and hobbyist applications and are trying to just lump outliers into one of those three.

Comment by Tony Kenward on January 27, 2017 at 5:41pm

Federal over-reach, got it.  Yeah, that seems the fashionable boogie-man lately.  Boogie-woman?, hmmmm

We cannot address all the boogie men in y'all's closet.  FAA vs. volunteer SAR was the question posed.

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