Faa 333 exemptions benefits, limitations and suggestions. Nov, 2015 its a bit timeconsuming, but plenty of people have successfully navigated the process on their own. Under this grant of exemption, a pic must hold either an airline transport, commercial, private, recreational, or. Subject to the conditions now stipulated in the faa approval our company can now get on with drone inspections in america, the biggest single source marketplace for our. Exemption 333 the pilot lounge uav coach community forum. Specifically, section 333 grants commercial drone users permission to operate both rotorcraft and fixedwinged uavs. The below list contains stepbystep instructions for requesting faa authorization to operate a uas for civil nongovernmental purposes pursuant to 49 usc section 44807 which replaced section 333.
In accordance with dots system of records notice, dotall 16 mailing management system and dotfaa 826 petitions for exemption, other than medical exemptionpublic dockets, the information provided may be disclosed to officials within the federal government and the public in general. Petitioning for exemption under section 44807 special authority for certain unmanned systems the below list contains stepbystep instructions for requesting faa authorization to operate a uas for civil nongovernmental purposes pursuant to 49 usc section 44807 which replaced section 333. Faa 333 exemptions benefits, limitations and suggestions pierre stoermer, ceo 20150510 we were happily surprised when we learned of the blanket exemption for a flight height of 200 feet or lower, above ground, for commercial uas operators with the 333 granted. Llc hollywood unmanned aircraft systems aka hollywood uas aka. In this grant of exemption, name of operator is hereafter referred to as the operator. Here are a list of links weve found that can help you find the information you need to petition for exemption from section 333 of the faa modernization and reform act of 2012, which currently prohibits the use of uas for commercial operations. Course description part 107 is now active for most commercial uas operations in the us however this video course and materials will walk you through the steps and paperwork needed to apply and obtain your faa section 333 exemption to operate uas commercially. According to the faa website, a total of 5551 exemptions have been granted to date. To file a 333 exemption, you will need to submit the following to the faa. If you already have a certificate of waiver or authorization under your section 333 exemption a coa you can continue to fly under the coa limitations until it expires. Transportation under section 333 of the faa modernization and reform act of 2012.
What is it like filing for a section 333 exemption with. Pursuant to section 333 of the faa modernization and reform act of 2012 the reform act and cfr part 11, filmed imagination inc, owner and operator of small unmanned aircraft systems uass, request to be exempted from the federal aviation. On feb 6th we were granted a section 333 exemption from the faa allowing us to operate suas for commercial agriculture use. Under this authority, the secretary may grant exemptions to the applicable operating rules. The exemption is granted under condition that you are truly operating a. Your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number. The phrase unless otherwise exempted is used numerous times in this volume and refers to an operators exemption, whether they are operating a small uas under part 107 or under a pl 11295, section 333 exemption for a uas that weighs 55 pounds or more. Pilots have competency letters or logbook endorsements, manned aircraft or ua for a knowledge and skill test. Gregory zonsius, photographer videographer, chicagoland, il usa section 333 exemption petition page 1 of 16 january 01, 2015 u. If your petition for exemption is similar enough to previous grants of exemption, it may qualify for a summary grant of exemption. Mar 24, 2016 its been a long time coming, but were happy to announce that weve received our faa section 333 exemption. I was going to file a request for an exemption from the faa but i noticed on their website it says as of march 23, 2015, the faa will automatically grant a blanket coa for flights at or below 200 feet to any uas operator with a section 333 exemption, provided the aircraft weighs less than 55 pounds, operations are conducted during daytime visual flight rules vfr conditions and within. This exemption, the list of approved unmanned aircraft systems uas under section 333 at regulatory docket faa 20073330 at. Section 333 guidance pdf document currently being updated.
If you dont already have a coa, you probably wont need one when the new drone rules go into effect. The faa is currently considering exemptions under section 333 from several. Section 333 conditions and limitations imposed by the faa. The extent and reason that you are seeking an exemption. The rest of the exemption is only available after purchase. To fly an unmanned aircraft that weighs 55 pounds or more, operators need to apply for an exemption under the special authority for certain unmanned systems 49 u.
After you buy, youll download a zip file with the file that you can easily edit in your personal information and submit. If you are affected by a regulation in title 14 of the code of federal regulations 14 cfr, then you may petition for an exemption from any rule issued by faa under its statutory authority. In this grant of exemption, xactware solutions, inc. You will have to take a check ride and have an endorsement from an instructor to be legal. State uas drone regulations faa drone registration. See authorizations granted via section 333 exemption see instructions for filing an exemption request under 49 usc 44807. Section 333 authorizations granted federal aviation administration. Exemption request under section 333 of the faa reform act and part 11. Everything you need and more to fly legally with the faa.
Who they are, where they are and what they operate. Faa section 333 exemption amendment update youtube. Administration faa on behalf of high adventure air, inc. The faa stated in early 2014 that they would begin fasttracking commercial uav use through the socalled section 333 exemption process. As part of this dfam is requesting faa exemption for suas operations for safety. This now allows older 333 exemption holders to register their drone via part 48, conduct flight instruction, etc. Details of how the faa is using the summary grant process to evaluate section 333 petitions for exemption more efficiently are. Faa section 333, exemption, drone and n number registration, coa application assistance, faa coa. On june 21, 2016, the federal aviation administration faa released the first operational rules pdf for routine nonhobby use of small uas. You are ready to fly your drone for business and start making money. You are ready to fly your drone for commercial use.
Small uas coa support leptron unmanned aircraft systems. Jul 17, 2015 hire a faa section 333 exemption attorney. How your business and your uav will benefit the public. Your quick overview of americas faa 333 exempt drone operators. Exemption request section 333 of the faa reform act and. Apr 20, 2015 specifically, section 333 grants commercial drone users permission to operate both rotorcraft and fixedwinged uavs. Our team patiently waited 6 months and 2 days for our section 333 exemption and blanket coa from the faa. The sentences cliff gilley quotes are merely statements on the faas website that are.
Mar 05, 2015 on feb 6th we were granted a section 333 exemption from the faa allowing us to operate suas for commercial agriculture use. Analysis of faa section 333 exemptions at the end of july, the faa granted its 1,000th exemption. The operator must have a motion picture and television operations manual mptom. In each exemption letter, the faa addresses the comments that organizations have submitted in. Special authority for certain unmanned aircraft systems. How to get a section 333 exemption from the faa with tim. The uses are varied and many but the majority of 333 holders are flying multirotors. I wanted to register with the commercial uav but i thought i couldnt without the faa 333 exemption, so i registered as a hobbyist. Im in the southeast region and looking to use my brand new inpire 1 for commercial ops. The faa is currently considering exemptions under section 333 from several different entities. The exemption is granted under condition that you are truly operating a uav and must follow guidelines within the exemption. Faa also recently announced that it was taking action to speed up airspace authorizations for section 333 exemption holders. The exemption itself is just a way for the faa to ensure your aircraft is safe to fly and that it has the proper identification markings as. The operator must have an operations manual that contains at least the following.
Faa streamlines section 333 exemption process for commercial. Faa section 333 coa processing faa section 333 special rules for uavs faa special airworthiness certification faa temporary flight restrictions faa uas guidance for law enforcement. This authority replaces section 333 of the faa modernization and reform act of 2012 fmra pdf p. Basically, if you already have a section 333 exemption, you can continue to operate under its provisions throughout the 24month licensing window. Petitioning for exemption under section 44807 special authority for. You may also petition the administrator to issue, amend, or repeal a rule. You can still fly your drone under a section 333 exemption. Uav operators agree that the faas exemption process gives u. An analysis of the exemptions, as reflected in the chart below, shows that nearly half are for applications involving photography, including videography and film production. Blanket coa for any operator issued a valid section 333 grant of exemption.
Otherwise, you are considered a hobbyist and performing jobs for pay is in violation of the law. Date company category aircraft location description. Faa 333 exemption holders commercial drone operators in america. Section 44807 of the 2018 faa reauthorization act replaces faa 333 exemption of the faa modernization and reform act of 2012.
On march 24, 2015, the faa began accepting uas operators who hold a recreational or sport pilot certificate. Special authority for certain unmanned aircraft systems section. An faa grant or denial of exemption is based on the specifics of each situation. Almost 200 hundred days after section 333 exemption submission, skyfutures has received its approval to begin commercial uav operations in united states national airspace. This will provide valuable insight as to what the faa is approving under section 333. This final rule addresses section 579 of the federal aviation administration reauthorization act of 2018, public law 115254 oct. I wanted to register with the commercial uav but i thought i couldnt without. The faa granted your section 333 petition for exemption.
Here are a list of links weve found that can help you find the information you need to petition for exemption from section 333 of the faa modernization and reform act of 2012, which currently prohibits the. The faa may impose limitations or provisions if the applicant fails to accurately describe operational and technical details regarding their intended operations. The faa does provide waiverspermission on a case by case basis the section 333 is a exemption to many of the requirements that really do not apply to a uav. Exemption request section 333 of the faa reform act and part 11 of the federal.
Under faas section 333 exemption guidance, a uas operator is required to file for a certificate of waiver or authorization coa prior to each operation in order to give a heads up to air traffic control that a uas is. Any operator with a valid section 333 grant of exemption can operate using this coa, unless it conflicts with their grant of. The faa has stated that it does not have the authority to waive the requirements of 14 c. Department of transportation docket operations west building ground floor, room w12140 1200 new jersey ave. I was going to file a request for an exemption from the faa but i noticed on their website it says as of march 23, 2015, the faa will automatically grant a blanket coa for flights at or below 200 feet to any uas operator with a section 333 exemption, provided the aircraft weighs less than 55 pounds, operations are conducted during daytime visual flight rules. In the third of a series of insights, nick rogers talks about the regulatory process in the us and recent section 333 approval for commercial drone operations in america. The drone exemptions center for the study of the drone.
You have your comprehensive general liability drone insurance. If i were to file a faa 333 exemption on my own, what documents should i send how should i word it. By letter posted to the public docket on june 17, 2015, you petitioned the federal aviation. We received it and are now cleared to operate commercially. Specifically, they prioritized the fields of filmmaking, powerline and flare stack inspection, and precision agriculture. Apr 28, 2015 faa also recently announced that it was taking action to speed up airspace authorizations for section 333 exemption holders.
What are the faa section 333 conditions and limitations. Section 333 coa application federal aviation administration. The faa will jointly issue a blanket coa for flights at or below 400 feet to all uas operators with a section 333 exemption. But until recently, commercial drone use was illegal unless businesses received a section 333 exemption from the federal aviation administration faa, a complicated and lengthy process that required drone operators to have a manned pilots license. To apply for a certificate of authorization or waiver coa, please visit the uas civil coa portal at.
Exemption request section 333 of the faa reform act of. Its a bit timeconsuming, but plenty of people have successfully navigated the process on their own. Amended 61615 362015falconskycam photofilm, real estate, agriculture dji phantom 2. Failure to comply with any of the conditions and limitations of this grant of exemption will be grounds for the immediate suspension or rescission of this exemption. Petitioning for exemption under section 333 aerial drone. Flying large drones over 55 pounds using section 333 exemption. Faa 333 exemptions database this is a csd research document. The new rule, which took effect in late august 2016, offers safety regulations for unmanned aircraft drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are conducting nonhobbyist operations. You can choose to go through part 107 separately if youd like, which depending on what kind of operations youre doing, will offer much less strict provisions. Faa section 333 coa processing uav pilot training school.
Petitioning for exemption under section 44807 special. View a copy of this blanket coa, including operating conditions and limitations pdf. Section 333 exemption template for drone photography. In accordance with dots system of records notice, dotall 16 mailing management system and dot faa 826 petitions for exemption, other than medical exemption public dockets, the information provided may be disclosed to officials within the federal government and the public in general. The federal aviation administration faa through the secretary of transportation has drastically stepped up its allowance of section 333 petition exemptions for the commercial use of uas uav drones. There is in fact no specific law that a 333 exemption protects you from, because there is no actual law or regulation prohibiting commercial operation of a uas.
You can view the exemption requests at regulations. You are committed to flying your uav legally and safely,in compliance with all faa drone regulations. Faa 333 exemption holders suas news the business of drones. Apr 08, 2015 companies can apply for what is known as 333 exemption, which refers to section 333 of the faa modernization and reform act of 2012.
This is what the faa is saying on everyones 333 exemption. Almost 200 hundred days after section 333 exemption submission, skyfutures has received its approval to begin commercial uav operations. Exemption request section 333 of the faa reform act of the federal aviation regulations from 14. Exemption request section 333 of the faa reform act and part.
Us safety guys appreciate those who make the effort 333 approvals are being obtained by operators who really seem to be willing to be good fl. A table of current section 333 exemptions granted by the faa. With the help of this course i was able to file my own 333 exemption and am confident the faa will find my petition complete and containing all relevant information. Review the public guidance for petitions for exemption pdf. The details of the faas section 333 exemptions nobody is. Should a client need to extend their section 333 exemption beyond its expiry date, the faa requires the client to submit a request for extension at least 120 days prior to the grant of exemptions expiry. The faa grants section 333 exemptions for a period of two years. Universities, researchers, government agencies, police, and first responders can also apply for a certificate of authorization coa to use drones. Faa form 77111 uas coa page 1 of 7 blanket coa for any. Taking a drone to the sky to photograph or film for any commercial reason requires a 333 exemption from the faa. This document describes what information petitioners should submit specifically to. We are currently finalizing contracts with our customer and working on the required coas and other documentation in order to proceed with flight operations for the 2015 growing season. I have my faa section 333 exemption 3d robotics drone forum.
Aug 26, 2015 section 333 conditions and limitations imposed by the faa. What law, specifically, does a 333 exemption from the faa. Its been a long time coming, but were happy to announce that weve received our faa section 333 exemption. Registered with the faa yesterday, got my n numbers.143 748 220 691 447 1309 1090 245 238 1439 947 56 540 1034 543 1001 512 429 1171 962 803 351 1337 906 1089 417 15 792 717 1172 1400 110 1087 453 369 910 1014 1336