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Status of Georgetown Airspace Waiver Request

July 11, 2017

 

We're still waiting to hear back from the FAA on our waiver request for the Georgetown, TX airspace.

 

When the FAA created Part 107 last August, and allowed a way for drones to operate commercially, they prohibited flights in controlled airspace (like Georgetown's). This means that no pilot may operate a drone commercially, that is, for the purpose of making money, without a discrete authorization or wavier from the FAA. You may have heard of examples where the pilot just calls the tower, informs them of what they are doing, and goes on their merry way - this is for hobbyists, not commercial operators. As a commercial operator, it is absolutely vital that a proper waiver be obtained before operating in controlled airspace.

 

The FAA is requesting that these waivers be filed 90 days in advance. This is, frankly, ridicuolus. When's the last time you had 90 days to wait around before listing a property? That said, the FAA is  working on an improved solution. Sometime next year, they are going to release an application that allows on-demand instantainius athorizations, which will be a huge boon for the drone community.

 

Until that time, however, we have to use the system in place, which means waiting. It's worth the wait to do things the right way.

 

We'll update y'all as soon as we hear something. I'm hoping for within a couple of weeks.

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