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What You *Need*, to Learn to Legally Operate Your Drone

At Drone Universities, we love teaching people how to fly drones. It's safe to say it's in our blood; our core team has over 150 years of Aviation and UAS experience. That's why I love reading articles like Peter B. Nichol's "Drone certification: how to earn your wings." Peter contributed this piece to the IDG Contributor Network [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:40+00:00 March 30th, 2017|333, Drone Education, Drone Industry, Drone Law, Drone Registration, Drones, Exemption, FAA|Comments Off on What You *Need*, to Learn to Legally Operate Your Drone

Just How Fast Is The FAA Processing Section 333 Exemptions

Miriam McNabb of DroneLife.com recently wrote about how the FAA is ramping up processing of Section 333 Exemptions. According to the numbers provided in the article, "FAA Ramps Up Commercial Drone Authorizations," Miriam highlights just how many Section 333 Exemptions have been processed in the past two months.  The FAA’s list of Section 333 Authorizations shows [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:43+00:00 March 24th, 2016|333, Drones, Exemption, FAA|Comments Off on Just How Fast Is The FAA Processing Section 333 Exemptions

Does A Commercial Drone Operator Need A Pilots License?

I recently stumbled upon a slightly older article by Logan Campbell of Aerotas titled "Do You Really Need A Pilot's License For Commercial Drones?" In this article, Logan answers one of the most common questions I hear from new, potential drone pilots. We often hear questions from people interested in commercial UAS about what the [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:53+00:00 March 8th, 2016|333, Drone Education, Drones, Exemption, FAA|Comments Off on Does A Commercial Drone Operator Need A Pilots License?

What Is A Section 333 Exemption? (And Do I Need One?)

I question that I am frequently asked is "What is a Section 333 Exemption?" then usually, before I even have a chance to respond, the follow-up question of "Do I Need One? hits. Why is this question so common? The answer is simple, like many nascent industries, the drone industry is filled with misinformation, so [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:54+00:00 March 5th, 2016|333, Drone Law, Drones, Exemption, FAA|Comments Off on What Is A Section 333 Exemption? (And Do I Need One?)

FAA Considering Drone Regulation Changes

The FAA has announced a committee charged with drafting rules that could ease restrictions on operating drones in crowded or public places. While this is beneficial, especially to the larger corporate players like Amazon and Google, it isn't exactly the regulation change that the industry needs. The FAA is mulling a change in proposed regulations [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:55+00:00 March 5th, 2016|333, Drone Law, Drones, Exemption, FAA|Comments Off on FAA Considering Drone Regulation Changes

My Drone Services Are “Free,” Why Do I Need A Section 333 Exemption?

Even though it may seem obvious, the FAA isn't completely clueless. They've caught on to drone companies that charge for everything but their actual drone services. Let me give you a simple, theortical example. Company A sells a drone based video package for $1,000. They charge $1,000 for the creation of the video, this $1,000 is [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:55+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|333, Drone Services, Drones, Exemption, FAA|Comments Off on My Drone Services Are “Free,” Why Do I Need A Section 333 Exemption?

Drone Training For A Section 333 Exemption

So you want to become a drone pilot, eh? You've been reading about the great opportunities that lie ahead for legal, commercial drone operators and you want a piece. As many as 100,000 new jobs will be created in the first 10 years after unmanned aircraft are cleared for takeoff in U.S. airspace, according to [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:56+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|333, Drones, Exemption, FAA|Comments Off on Drone Training For A Section 333 Exemption

Understanding The Blanket Certificate of Waiver of Authorization (COA)

After you've completed your drone education, earned your sport pilot certificate and received your Section 333 Exemption, you are nearly ready for commercial take-off. What else do you need? You will need a Certificate of Waiver of Authorization or a COA. Sounds like another hoop to jump through right? Thankfully, the FAA has provided a blanket [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:56+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|333, Drone Law, Drones, Exemption, FAA|Comments Off on Understanding The Blanket Certificate of Waiver of Authorization (COA)

Hot Air Balloons + Drones =

Until the FAA works out a permanent set commercial drone rules, drone operators will have to first earn (at least) a Sport Pilot Certificate before flying their drones commercially. This fact has been the source of frustration for many potential commercial drone pilots. To quote Arthur holland Michel, a writer for The Verge, "In the absence [...]

By | 2016-03-02T07:33:46+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|333, Drone Education, Drones, Exemption, FAA|Comments Off on Hot Air Balloons + Drones =

Hot Air Balloons + Drones = <3?

Until the FAA works out a permanent set commercial drone rules, drone operators will have to first earn (at least) a Sport Pilot Certificate before flying their drones commercially. This fact has been the source of frustration for many potential commercial drone pilots. To quote Arthur holland Michel, a writer for The Verge, "In the absence [...]

By | 2016-03-02T14:05:57+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|333, Drone Education, Drones, Exemption, FAA|Comments Off on Hot Air Balloons + Drones = <3?