Ham's that use drones will have to get a certificate

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KN4LGM, Jul 2, 2019.

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  1. KN4LGM

    KN4LGM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Any hams that use drones for anything (not just putting up antennas) will have to get a certificate to fly after July 17th. This weekend I was at a conference and one of the speakers was a commercial drone flyer and he said that after July 17th, all hobbyist*^ would have to get a certificate to fly. But he added that it would be an on line exam cotsing 5 dollars per atemmpt and that the FAA had not yet such a test. This is very important for anyone that uses drones for any purpose, particularly hams that use drones to put up antennas.

    * people that do not get paid to use their drones.
    ^ If you do get paid you must get ayour commercial certificate.

    Jonny KN4LGM
  2. W4KJG

    W4KJG Subscriber QRZ Page

    I'm curious where this information came from.

    Could you you provide an FAA link to this requirement? I haven't been able to find anything about such requirements.


    Edit: I did more research and found nothing regarding the above post. The latest FAA information regarding this subject is at https://www.faa.gov/uas/
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2019
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  3. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    What W4KJG said.... this is the "Amateur Radio News" forum - you're not going to get much traction unless you post a source and link to the information you're describing.

    Hoping you can do that :)

  4. WJ4U

    WJ4U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Changes Coming in the Future
    The FAA is upgrading the online system, known as LAANC (the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability), so that recreational operations can get automated airspace authorizations to fly in controlled airspace.

    The new law also requires:

    1. Drone operators to pass an online aeronautical knowledge and safety test and carry proof of test passage.
    2. The FAA to issue guidance for how it will recognize community based organizations.
    The FAA plans to have all of these features and requirements fully implemented by the summer of 2019.

    Check our website for the latest updates or follow us on social media for the latest news.

    More detailed information about the FAA's plan to fully implement the requirements of Section 349 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 may be found on the Federal Register.

  5. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    AWESOME! Some "amateur radio news" :)

    Thanks for posting the links

  6. W4KJG

    W4KJG Subscriber QRZ Page

    No disrespect intended. But, based on the original post by KN4LGM, I believe I had already read all of the links you posted. I would just like a simple answer.

    As of July 17, 2019, do I need to take an on-line exam, and do I need a certificate to use my UAV that weighs less than 3 pounds. I never fly the UAV more than about 100 feet AGL. I am 4.2 miles from OKV (Winchester Regional Airport). I am a former private pilot and reasonably familiar with airspace requirements.

    Any clarification would be greatly appreciated. I believe there are quite a few of us here on QRZ who are affected by this issue.

    Thank you,
  7. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

  8. W4KJG

    W4KJG Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thank you for that link. I'm just not sure where my UAV is in the line up.

    It was a lot easier before I retired, when there might be a Hunter, Reaper, or Predator UAV blocking my parking space and a few other spaces. Somebody else had to be concerned about permission to fly those things.

    Our ham club meeting won't happen this Thursday (July 4), but I plan to bring it up as a subject of interest at the next meeting. Our club building is close to our regional airport, and I know I'm not the only one using hobby UAVs.
  9. KN4LGM

    KN4LGM Ham Member QRZ Page

    All of the information I have was what I was told at the conference, and I thought yall would understand that I am not in a position to add more information. (Also thanks for the advice and I will remember it for next time)

    To the best of my knowledge, you need to have a waver from your local airport, enorder to fly at any altitude withen 8 miles of an airport.
  10. KN4LGM

    KN4LGM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I heard this from a commercial flyer that has been in the besnes over 15 years, and no I can not provide a link to a first-hand conversation.

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