Part 107 is finally here – the US government’s small drone regulations issued by the FAA.
Many are cheering, and they have a lot to cheer about:
- No more traditional pilot’s license
- Less recordkeeping
- No need to apply and wait for a Section 333 exemption.
But for high value, good paying UAS work there are some disappointments – yet they come with a silver lining. What Part 107 does not allow is, among other restrictions, are:
- Flying beyond line of slight (BVLOS)
- Nighttime operations
- Flying over people
The silver lining? Each of the above prohibitions can be waived upon application to the FAA. With presentation of a safety case made proportional to the risk presented by the request, Section 107.200 allows the FAA to grant Certificates of Waiver for those restrictions enumerated under Section 107.205 which include beyond line of sight, nighttime operations, and flying over people.
Will the FAA process for applying and receiving a Section 107.200 Certificate of Waiver be easier and faster than the COA process for Section 333? We hope so. We may not find out until it is officially rolled out which could be August 2016.
Scroll down for important FAA Part 107 resources including how to obtain the required Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA. It is required both for traditional part 61 airmen as well as those who have never gone to flight school.
Part 107 is new, and complex operators may need some help.
Our years of experience as pioneers in drone law and the help of our UAS and aviation consultant Douglas Marshall (one of the very top in the country) ensures our ability to help companies get their best shot at presenting a winning safety case to the FAA for a Certificate of Waiver under Section 107.200.
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Here are important documents related to the new Part 107 for small drones:
- Summary of Part 107
- Part 107 itself
- AC 107-2
- Beyond the Basics – Waivers and Public Agencies
- Become a Part 107 Remote Pilot
- Knowledge Testing Centers
Note: The FAA has confirmed to Antonelli Law that the Knowledge Testing Centers will be ready for applicants to take the required remote pilot knowledge test on the date part 107 becomes effective in August 2016.