FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Aren't Drones Illegal?
Are cars illegal? Of course not. Can you operate them illegally? Well, of course you can. It's the same with unmanned aircraft. Commerical operators need to be formally approved by the FAA, their pilots need an FAA pilot's license, and the drone must be operated according to aviation regulations. Just like your car. Our company is an FAA approved operator, all our aircraft are registered with the FAA, all our pilots are licensed, and we offer training courses to help others do the same.
DO I NEED A SECTION 333 EXEMPTION TO FLY?
If you want to operate drones as a part of your business or organzation, then yes. If you are a hobbyist who posts your videos to YouTube for fun, then no.
WHAT ABOUT PUBLIC ENTITIES?
Public entities (EPA, State DOT, Public Universities, Public Utilities, etc) can skip straight to the COA process and do not need a Section 333 Exemption. Though their COAs are a bit more complicated, public entity drone operators only need FAA approved ground school and do not need a pilot's license like commercial operators do.
What is a COA?
A COA is a "Certificate of Authorization" required by the FAA to operate a drone for any purpose other than pure recreation. Public entities may apply for COAs directly but private companies need to apply for a Section 333 Exemption to become eligible.
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