Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 2016

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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41 unmanned systems inside October/November 2016 To help answer these questions, Inside Unmanned Systems recently presented the webinar, "Part 107 Rule: Impact on Key Application Segments in the Commercial Drone Market," featuring expert panel- ists General James Poss, Major General, USAF (ret), CEO ISR Ideas and the executive director of the AS- SURE FAA UAS Center of Excellence, Mike Hogan business development manager at microdrones and Ben Van Lare, operation manager at Raecon Indus- tries. microdrones sponsored the webinar. All three panelists shared their experience and thoughts on what Part 107 means for the industry, including what UAS operators can do today for their clients and what we can expect to see in the future. "Up until Part 107 came out this past month or so in the U.S. the regulations were a bit of a bar- rier," Hogan said. "There was the exemption, the Section 333 that allowed people to keep on f lying, but you had to be a pilot and there were a lot of problems with that. Around the world the regu- lations are coming out. We're starting to see it in Canada where they've been f lying for a few years and in Europe they're doing some of the same things. Overall the regulations are becoming less and less of a barrier and they're starting to enable those operations to happen. I'm not saying it's fin- ished yet because there's a lot of work to do, but really it's less and less." The New Rules While the Part 107 rules have generated a lot of ex- citement in the industry about the future of UAS, there are still limitations the industry is eager to overcome. For example small UAS can only f ly during daylight hours, Poss said, and while drones can f ly over people involved in the operation, they still can't f ly over people unless they're under cover. But the biggest barrier to adoption remains the be- yond-visual-line-of-sight restriction, which makes it difficult to perform linear applications such as pipeline or powerline inspections. The most exciting and surprising element of Part 107, Poss said, is that even though these restrictions exist, operators can request a waiver for most of them—and that represents a huge step forward. PART 107: THE BASICS Here's a breakdown of the new rules: • You don't need to be a pilot to fly a UAS but you do need a "Remote Pilot Certificate" • You must register your UAS • There are no airworthiness standards for small UAS • A visual observer is no longer required for operations • UAS flights must be kept within visual line of sight • UAS must be 55 pounds or smaller • Operations over people "not directly involved" in UAS operations are not allowed unless they are under cover • UAS can't fly above 400 feet AGL (except near structures) or over 80 kts • Day/dusk Visual Flight Rules (VFR) only with 3 nm visibility • Operators must report serious injuries or property damage (except damage to the UAS) of at least $500 • Operations are now allowed in Class G airspace without Air Traffic Control (ATC) permission. Operations in Class B, C, D and E airspace need ATC approval • You can request a waiver of most operational restrictions if you can show your proposed operation can be conducted safely under a waiver IF YOU REALLY WANT TO LEGITIMIZE your company or legitimize your service it needs to really be based upon what you can do. We've heard horror stories. We've been out on demonstrations where we're doing a pilot project and they've said we've had a couple UAV service providers come out, provide a service for us and their equipment got close to the cell tower frequency or it got close to the EMF coming off the power pole and it crashed right into the pole or it crashed right into the line and it shut down the power. The client will say, 'well they didn't know these frequencies were coming off these structures. It shut down, it cost us a lot of money and we're really hesitant of using a UAV.' So you gotta know exactly what your drone can do and that comes with experience." " Ben Van Lare, Operation Manager at Raecon Industries THE PANELISTS General James Poss Major General, USAF (ret) CEO ISR Ideas, Executive Director ASSURE FA A UAS Center of Excellence Mike Hogan Business Development Manager at microdrones Ben Van Lare Operation Manager at Raecon Industries

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