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    The NEW Small UAS Rule (Part 107), will be effective on August 29, 2016.

    The NEW Small UAS Rule (Part 107), including all pilot and operating rules, will be effective on August 29, 2016. For more detailed information, please see:

    https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/

    For profit operations will require.

    Must have Remote Pilot Airman Certificate
    Must be 16 years old
    Must pass TSA vetting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Channel 1 View Post
    The NEW Small UAS Rule (Part 107), including all pilot and operating rules, will be effective on August 29, 2016. For more detailed information, please see:

    https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/

    For profit operations will require.

    Must have Remote Pilot Airman Certificate
    Must be 16 years old
    Must pass TSA vetting

    Wayne
    Wayne,
    Have you seen what's on the test yet? I was thinking about taking it since I can pass the background and it might be helpful to have.

    Ryan

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowgto View Post
    Wayne,
    Have you seen what's on the test yet? I was thinking about taking it since I can pass the background and it might be helpful to have.

    Ryan
    https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_star...oming_a_pilot/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Channel 1 View Post
    Yeah, I saw all of that. I was trying to figure out how hard the test would be.

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    So I'm just going to assume that this thread is the one, in which all the other subthreads for Part 107 are (hopefully) going to get merged.

    So in the summary it says in the bottom "Part 107 does not apply to model aircraft that satisfy all of the criteria specified in section 336 of Public Law 112-95." Crosschecking, here are the requirements:

    SEC. 336. SPECIAL RULE FOR MODEL AIRCRAFT.
    (a) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law
    relating to the incorporation of unmanned aircraft systems into
    Federal Aviation Administration plans and policies, including this
    subtitle, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
    may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model
    aircraft, or an aircraft being developed as a model aircraft, if—
    (1) the aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational
    use;
    (2) the aircraft is operated in accordance with a communitybased
    set of safety guidelines and within the programming
    of a nationwide community-based organization;
    (3) the aircraft is limited to not more than 55 pounds
    unless otherwise certified through a design, construction,
    inspection, flight test, and operational safety program administered
    by a community-based organization;
    (4) the aircraft is operated in a manner that does not
    interfere with and gives way to any manned aircraft; and
    (5) when flown within 5 miles of an airport, the operator
    of the aircraft provides the airport operator and the airport
    air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located
    at the airport) with prior notice of the operation (model aircraft
    operators flying from a permanent location within 5 miles of
    an airport should establish a mutually-agreed upon operating
    procedure with the airport operator and the airport air traffic
    control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the
    airport)).
    (b) STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this section shall
    be construed to limit the authority of the Administrator to pursue
    enforcement action against persons operating model aircraft who
    endanger the safety of the national airspace system.
    (c) MODEL AIRCRAFT DEFINED.—In this section, the term ‘‘model
    aircraft’’ means an unmanned aircraft that is—
    (1) capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere;
    H. R. 658—68
    (2) flown within visual line of sight of the person operating
    the aircraft; and
    (3) flown for hobby or recreational purposes.
    so.. except for a2) (which I don't completely know what they mean by that).. why shouldn't the generic FPV racer fulfill all these rules, thus avoiding 107?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xaser View Post
    so.. except for a2) (which I don't completely know what they mean by that).. why shouldn't the generic FPV racer fulfill all these rules, thus avoiding 107?
    (c) MODEL AIRCRAFT DEFINED.—In this section, the term ‘‘model
    aircraft’’ means an unmanned aircraft that is—
    (1) capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere;
    H. R. 658—68
    (2) flown within visual line of sight of the person operating
    the aircraft; and

    (3) flown for hobby or recreational purposes.

    Cannot maintain VLOS with goggles on, which is how most if not all FPV racers operate.

    Now if using a monitor is possible, then maybe that could be a way around (c) (2).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Channel 1 View Post
    (2) flown within visual line of sight of the person operating
    the aircraft; and
    "within visual line of sight" doesn't mean, that it's visible to the eyes of the operator. It means, that between him and the aircraft has to be free space. He cannot fly behind obstacles.
    Okay, that's a risky interpretation.
    What's about the spotter? Is it enough when he/she always keeps an eye on the aircraft, with the ability to take over the control?
    My spotters eyes are quite powerful. A commercial airliner pilot claims to recognize a "drone" in 50m distance and 500+ km/h differencial speed. With similar abilities my spotter sees my plane without any problems in 35km distance
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    Quote Originally Posted by WDZaphod View Post
    "within visual line of sight" doesn't mean, that it's visible to the eyes of the operator. It means, that between him and the aircraft has to be free space. He cannot fly behind obstacles.
    Same as with a pair of goggles as they would interrupt the VLOS in the same manner as flying behind something.

    And I don't see anything in the definition of model aircraft that includes or mentions the use of a spotter.

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    If the spotter is the technical pilot (his Radio is the transmitter), and he temporarily delegates the control to another pilot, this should be fine.
    But as all the Drone laws, the grey zone is quite big.
    I am happy to live in Switzerland. An RC-Model is an RC-Model is an RC-Model is an RC-Model. No matter if it carries a camera or not. And no matter if it has one prop, or eight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Channel 1 View Post
    (2) flown within visual line of sight of the person operating
    the aircraft; and

    Cannot maintain VLOS with goggles on, which is how most if not all FPV racers operate.
    These are very different... "within" is a boundary in which the craft must be operated. "Maintain" is a method to satisfying the the boundary.
    When nothing else out there will suit your needs... design and build it yourself.

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