How to file for a Part 107 waiver: 4 easy steps
The original Part 107 waiver and authorization is now split into two separate request forms, so if you have requested for a waiver previously, the process may be different for you this time. One of the parts is for airspace waiver/authorization requests and the other for non-airspace requests. If you, as a drone operator, need both parts of the waiver you will now need to submit each form separately.
To file a waiver for Part 107 regulations follow these 4 easy steps:
Determine the type of Part 107 waiver you need. You must determine which regulation(s) you need waived and select only the ones you need to complete your operation. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the Part 107 regulations, so you can make an accurate request. The following regulations are subject to waiver:
- Operation from a moving vehicle or aircraft (§ 107.25)*
- Daylight operation (§ 107.29)
- Visual line of sight aircraft operation (§ 107.31)*
- Visual observer (§ 107.33)
- Operation of multiple small unmanned aircraft systems (§ 107.35)
- Yielding the right of way (§ 107.37(a))
- Operation over people (§ 107.39)
- Operation in certain airspace (§ 107.41)
- Operating limitations for small unmanned aircraft (§ 107.51)
If you need a non-airspace waiver, you will need to apply for a Part 107 waiver.
If you need to fly in controlled airspace, you will need to apply for an airspace authorization waiver.
Once you have verified that your application includes all the necessary information, submit your application to the FAA. If upon submission, the FAA requests any supporting documentation, you must submit it within 7 days of the request, or your waiver request will be canceled.
If your request is denied for a Part 107 waiver or airspace waiver/authorization request you will be notified by email. Some common reasons for denial are incomplete information, failure to respond to requests for additional information, or lack of adequate safety explanation.
If your request is granted, you will also receive an email verifying that your request has been processed and granted. Additionally, all non-airspace Part 107 waivers are published on the FAA’s Part 107 Waivers Granted webpage.
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Rules for Flying your UAS/UAV in the United States
The specific guidelines for operating an unmanned aircraft depend on why you are flying. Use the following table to guide you through the basics of drone operation laws.
|Fly for Fun||Fly for Work|
|Pilot Requirements||No pilot requirements||Must have Remote Pilot Airman Certificate
Must be 16 years old
Must pass TSA vetting
|Aircraft Requirements||Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs.||Must be less than 55 lbs.
Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs. (online)
Must undergo pre-flight check to ensure UAS is in condition for safe operation
|Location Requirements||5 miles from airports without prior notification to airport and air traffic control||Class G airspace*|
|Operating Rules||Must ALWAYS yield right of way to manned aircraft
Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)
UAS must be under 55 lbs.
Must follow community-based safety guidelines
Must notify airport and air traffic control tower before flying within 5 miles of an airport
|Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)*
Must fly under 400 feet*
Must fly during the day*
Must fly at or below 100 mph*
Must yield right of way to manned aircraft*
Must NOT fly over people*
Must NOT fly from a moving vehicle*
|Example Applications||Educational or recreational flying only||Flying for commercial use (e.g. providing aerial surveying or photography services)
Flying incidental to a business (e.g. doing roof inspections or real estate photography)
|Legal or Regulatory Basis||Public Law 112-95, Section 336 – Special Rule for Model Aircraft
FAA Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft
|Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulation (14 CFR) Part 107|
All of these rules are subject to change and waiver. The information provided above is from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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