I just read an interesting AP article stating that new FAA rules for commercial drone flights are expected as early as TODAY, the 21st of June 2016.
The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce as early as Tuesday the creation of a new category of rules for drones weighing less than 55 pounds. The long-anticipated rules would mean drone operators would be able to fly without special permission.
Personally I’ve been avoiding filing for an FAA 333 exemption (the current commercial approval by the FAA) because I don’t have the money for an attorney to draft one up, nor do I have the time or desire to wait six months to a year for a response. As a result, I’ve simply not pursued commercial endeavors with my drones.
The summary says operators must register their drones online and pass an aviation knowledge exam for drone pilots at an FAA-approved testing center. That would give them a drone pilot certification that’s good for 24 months. Operators must also present identification for a security vetting similar to that applied to general aviation pilots.
Hopefully new and sensible rules will make it easier for people like me to dive into aerial photography, aerial videography, thermography, mapping, or other areas drones are great for. Looking forward to these new rules asap!
SHAKOPEE, Minn., March 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — FAA Airman and Airspace Rules Division (Federal Aviation Administration) announced today that the 20 of Gowdy Brothers Aerospace’s (www.GowdyBrothers.com) customers were the first ever to receive 1,120 Drones/sUAV (small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) on their Section 333 Exemption petition grants.
The FAA requires all individuals and companies desiring to fly a drone/sUAV for commercial purposes to petition the FAA and receive a Section 333 Exemption grant.
This is largest grant of drones on an exemption since Measure, a 32 Advisors Company, LLC, was awarded 324 drones on August 28, 2015 under FAA Sect 333 exemption #12646.
“Virtually every Drone or sUAV every manufactured under 55 pounds is on the Gowdy Brothers approved lists of 1,120 Drones.” According to Jason Christenson, President of Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC.
“This new process of adding 1,120 approved small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAV) to Gowdy Brothers Aerospace’s customers petitions will expedite the commercial UAV operators approval process and meet both the FAA, Airman and Airspace Rules Division’s objectives and Congress’ Modernization and Reform act of 2012, to safely integrate UAS/UAV’s into the National Airspace System (NAS),” according to an Washington, DC, FAA Airman and Airspace Rules Division source.
As of March 7, 2016, the FAA has been working to review and approve 3,799 Section 333 petitions to fly drones/sUAVs commercially from the 13,712 submissions within the past 12 months.
About Gowdy Brothers Aerospace
Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC (www.GowdyBrothers.com) is the nation’s leader in providing consulting services and assistance to organizations, companies and individuals who are seeking to petition for an exemption to ﬂy Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) commercially under Section 333 of the Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Gowdy Brothers Aerospace leads the field in FAA section 333 petition filings. Gowdy Brothers assist with COA (certificate of authorization/wavier), LOA (letters of authorization) to air traffic control, traditional N-number aircraft registration and amendments to add 1,120 drones and additional purposes such as motion picture, television, closed set filming and search and rescue operations to existing exemptions.
Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC History:
Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC has carved a unique sector of business in one of the fastest growing industries in the world, as an independent consultant for hundreds and hundreds of companies and individuals wishing to petition the FAA for an exemption to fly sUAV (small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) commercially under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC was founded in April of 2015. “Our team has a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to offer. We are not lawyers – we are licensed pilots, businessmen and experienced enthusiasts that can bring practical experience, knowledge and compliance to individuals and companies who wish to capitalize on the massive growth in the drone industry,” commented by Jason Christenson, President, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace.
“We are relieved that the FAA released its Notice of Proposed Rules for sUAV in 2015, but until the proposed rule, or any other proposed legislation becomes a final, to fly commercially and legally a Section 333 exemption grant is still required,” according to Zack Gowdy, UAV Specialist, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace.
“As a 333 Exemption holder ourselves, and helping a little short of a thousand customers from virtually every state and multiple foreign countries, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, with the massive amount of submissions we have filed, has become intimately familiar with the nuances of filing and receiving an approved FAA 333 Petition grant,” says Stephen Gowdy, Chief Pilot, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace.