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What Is A “Commercial Drone License” And Where Do I Get One?

You've got your brand new drone and you are excited to start your brand new drone business. Your first instinct might be to apply for a "commercial drone license." The problem is, there is no commercial drone license. Yes, that's right, regardless of what you may have been told by your local drone "snake-oil salesmen," [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:57-08:00February 26th, 2016|333, Drone Education, Drones, Exemption|Comments Off on What Is A “Commercial Drone License” And Where Do I Get One?

Do You Believe The FAA’s $5 Registration Is An Unfair “Drone Tax?”

Since December 21, 2015, the FAA has required all drone owners to register their non-commercial drones. While many drone owners were against the registration at the time, it still became the law of the land and a failure to register became punishable by fines and worse. Adding insult to injury in the eyes of many, the FAA [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:57-08:00February 25th, 2016|333, Drone Registration, Drones|Comments Off on Do You Believe The FAA’s $5 Registration Is An Unfair “Drone Tax?”

We Need More People Like Larry Bossone In The Drone Industry

The following is an excerpt from a letter to the editor of Technical.ly. The letter was sent by Larry Bossone, a Section 333 Exempted UAV operator/owner at MCS Communications. Larry points out the importance of not publicizing film or photos collected by drone operators that don't have a Section 333 Exemption. I saw your article on [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:04-08:00December 2nd, 2015|333, Drones, Exemption, FAA, Opinion|Comments Off on We Need More People Like Larry Bossone In The Drone Industry

SkyPan Intl. Publicly Responds To The $1.9M FAA Fine

SkyPan International Homepage I recently wrote a piece titled "FAA Wants $1.9 Million in Fines from SkyPan Intl.,"about the hefty fine that SkyPan International may potentially face. The FAA has proposed the $1.9 million dollar fine for allegedly flying 65 unauthorized drone flights over various locations in New York City and Chicago between March of 2012 [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:07-08:00October 19th, 2015|333, Aerial Photography/Videography, Drones, FAA|Comments Off on SkyPan Intl. Publicly Responds To The $1.9M FAA Fine

Getting Section 333 Compliant Now More Cost Effective

Legally running a commercial drone business requires a Section 333 Exemption from the FAA. Today, that is your only option. If someone tells you differently, don't believe them. The facts are freely available on the FAA website in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems area. Historically, this has been an expensive and time consuming process, taking thousands of [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:11-08:00October 7th, 2015|333, Drones, Exemption, FAA|Comments Off on Getting Section 333 Compliant Now More Cost Effective

FAA Wants $1.9 Million in Fines from SkyPan Intl.

In a landmark move, the FAA has proposed nearly $2 million dollars in fines for SkyPan International, Incorporated. The FAA claims that the company flew in restricted airspace 65 times "in highly congested airspace over New York City and Chicago." The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed the largest civil penalty the agency has ever [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:11-08:00October 6th, 2015|333, Drone Education, Drones, Exemption, FAA|Comments Off on FAA Wants $1.9 Million in Fines from SkyPan Intl.

FAA Hurting, Not Helping Commercial Drone Businesses

Last Wednesday was supposed to be an important date in the drone world. Why? September 30th, 2015 was the self-imposed Congressional deadline for establishing national drone regulations. Originally set in 2012, Congress instructed the FAA to find a way to integrate drones into US airspace. However, the FAA has failed to do so and the commercial [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:13-08:00October 2nd, 2015|333, Drones, Exemption, FAA|Comments Off on FAA Hurting, Not Helping Commercial Drone Businesses

Earning $100k/Year As A Commercial Drone Operator

Now when I talk about drone careers and their salaries, people may take it with a grain of salt because this blog is hosted by Drone Universities. However, when an unbiased, third party like Drone Futures reports about it, people listen. Regardless, of the source, the facts remain - the drone industry is growing fast [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:22-08:00September 22nd, 2015|333, Drone Education, Drones|Comments Off on Earning $100k/Year As A Commercial Drone Operator

Are Drone Universities Or Drone Colleges Really Worth It?

MacBook Beauty With lower cost, video based drone operator training options available, are drone colleges really worth it? While virtual drone schools may initially save you money, you get what you pay for. Here are just a few of the disadvantages of video based training: Video based training requires an abundance of self motivation since [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:33-08:00September 4th, 2015|333, Drones, Exemption, FAA, Opinion|Comments Off on Are Drone Universities Or Drone Colleges Really Worth It?

Section 333 Exemptions Are The Hot Commodity. Do You Have Yours?

FAA Logo If you run an “illegal” commercial drone business, i.e. without a Section 333 Exemption, you may soon have to explain yourself to the FAA. Historically, you could argue that the FAA wasn't awarding exemptions and try to convince yourself and your customers that you were operating in a “grey area.” Now, [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:41-08:00July 22nd, 2015|333, Drone Law, Drones, Exemption|Comments Off on Section 333 Exemptions Are The Hot Commodity. Do You Have Yours?