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Attention, Hobby Flyers: Come Monday Some Of You May Need An FAA Drone Pilot Certificate.

Discussion in 'AMA and FAA Discussions' started by GSNadmin, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. GSNadmin

    GSNadmin Staff Member

    "The FAA today confirmed that many hobbyists will now be required to get an FAA license and comply with the same rules as commercial operators."
  2. AKNick

    AKNick 150cc

    can you get a link to that press release please? Only thing I can find on the FAA website is for commercial drone operators. there is a little thing on Forbes talking about monday we may have to get a license...but no data to back it up.


    read the last paragraph
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2016
  3. Jetpainter

    Jetpainter 640cc Uber Pimp

    And the home of useless government bureaucrats.
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  4. Judge

    Judge 70cc twin V2

    The FAA does not require that you "make money" in order to determine if you are a non-hobby pilot. Their benchmark is far different. Basically it all comes down to intent. If you intention is anything other than the pure enjoyment of flying, then you are NOT a hobby pilot. So if you fly and take pictures that you plan to do anything with other than admire them and share with friends, then you are non-hobby. Even if you give the pictures/video away for free, if anyone else actually uses them for anything, then you are not a hobby flyer.

    Keep in mind that Part 107 nowhere mentions "commercial use". It is nothing more (or less) than the only authorization to fly a sUAS in any manner that does not fully meet ALL of the requirements set forth in Section 336/Part 101.41.
  5. Jetpainter

    Jetpainter 640cc Uber Pimp

    I think the author of the Forbes article's direct question to the FAA about this subject is pretty clear on what the FAA thinks.

    Q: Could you confirm whether hobby FPV flyers will have to get a Part 107 remote pilot certificate after August 29 when the new drone rules go into effect?

    A: Under the FAA’s current interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, modelers who want to fly their drones using first-person-view systems must operate under Part 107, which requires a Remote Pilot Certificate. The operator also would need to comply with any other applicable Part 107 requirement.
  6. Pistolera

    Pistolera HEY!..GET OUTTA MY TREE!

    Well....THAT was interesting reading! :confused: Glad I'm just a hobby/recreational flyer......it would take a bit of study, and possibly a lawyer to figure that document out!!!!!!!
    js-rc likes this.
  7. AKNick

    AKNick 150cc

    Keep in mind that if you use a buddy box the PIC (pilot in control) could be the person without the goggles making this not a true FPV thus falling under the original ruling for section 336. This isn't new news really. I'm not sure I would trust the Forbes interview personally. I think the answer or question was misinterpreted.
    You can read the Part 107 if you'd like:
    Oh and it's 624 pages by the way.

    I'm not flying FPV so not a big deal for me, just waiting to see who is trying to justify their job within the FAA on Monday (Per Forbes?) rather than what the Feds are doing to protect our national aerospace. :black-eye:
  8. Jetpainter

    Jetpainter 640cc Uber Pimp

    If past history is any indication, what the law says is irrelevant. It's what the bureaucrat thinks it says.
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