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USA Title 14 CFR Part 107 Waivers (Post your approved/rejected)

Discussion in 'Certified UAV Pilots' started by ADT, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. ADT

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    Now that Part 107 is live I thought it could be a good thing to gather some data on the waiver process and how long the approvals are taking. The form instructions (here) say that it can take up to 90 days for approval. However, I have heard on another forum that Airspace requests have been approved much faster (some say around 24 hours).

    For those that don't know, the website to submit a request for waiver/airspace authorization is HERE.

    As you receive responses on your waiver I think we would all appreciate it if you provided some basic information on your request, how long it took to get a response and if it was approved or rejected. It doesn't have to be much information, just something simple like:

    Requested on: September 1st
    Requested waiver for: 107.29 Daylight operations
    or Requested waiver for certain airspace (please list the Class Airspace that you requested)
    Received response on:
    Approved: Y/N
     
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    Are waivers granted on a "per occasion" basis, or can you get a "blanket" waiver?
     
  3. ADT

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    It is my understanding that Regulation Waivers (like night flights, etc) can be granted for longer periods of times (ie. months or even years).

    I am not sure about the airspace authorization.
     
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    I have submitted a request, I will advise what the response will be. The request was for both night and for the downtown area of Sarasota within Class C airspace surface area.
     
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    Thanks! Looks like primarily night flight approval. And, I noticed that a lot of the waivers have been granted for a time period of 4 years. That is good to see.
     
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  7. Dave Armbrust

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    Wow, they are granting the waiver rather quickly, but do note that none of these are for 107.41 or for airspace authorization. I suspect this is because HQ airspace authorization does not go into effect until 10/03/2016.

    If anyone is interested in the restrictions the waivers are requiring just click on the name of the person responsible to see their authorization.
     
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    The FAA mentioned in their 8/29/16 media briefing at 11:45 am that 76 waivers had already been processed. That's the same number that are approved as of now (9/2/16). They said most of these were night or VLOS waivers and most (if not all) petitioners already had section 333 exemptions.
     
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    Thanks for the info- very helpful. Now, what kind of anti-collision lights are available / practical for the Inspire 1 that are visible from 3SM?
     
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    What we don't see, however, is how those applicants are proposing their operations in their waiver applications. I think how those successful waiver applications were worded, or if they detail specific equipment used, etc., would benefit others in submitting a successful waiver application.
     
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    Here's an interesting grant I want to see the actual applicant submission:

    https://www.faa.gov/uas/request_waiver/waivers_granted/media/107W-2016-00001_CNN_CoW.pdf

    -W
     
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  13. William Gaddy

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    That surely eliminates fly-aways, but I'd still be interested in seeing the actual verbiage and exhibits of their exemption petition...
     
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    I recently received voiced waivers for commercial ops by calling Approach Control to fly in two separate areas within 5 miles of a Class C airspace. They were aware that the waiver system does not become law till October 3rd.
     
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    Good to hear. I know that some facilities are denying requests and referring people to the web portal even though that isn't live until October 3rd.
     
  17. Terry Power

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    I filed for night ops and out of sight waivers on September 1st. It would be very helpful if someone who had the waiver approved listed their language.....I was going to do it on my request but when I hit the "next" button it submitted instead of giving me the chance to save a copy.
     
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    If you want to find additional information related to the link above for Part 107 Waivers Granted, do a search of the docket. i.e. The first one of the list is a waiver for Micro Systems. If you open the pdf of the approval, the second page lists the docket number (FAA 2016-7634). Simply search for this term on the docket page. ie. Regulations.gov

    It doesn't look like the new waiver requests are going through the docket, so this will likely only work for waivers associated with Section 333s. But, you can at least see what language they used in their submittal.
     
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    Today I received an email with a tracking number regarding a waiver I applied for early September. Thank you for submitting an application for a Certificate of Waiver to 14 CFR Part 107. Your waiver tracking number is 107W-2016-00XXX. Please use this number in all future communications. You will receive additional communication from us in the near future. Good to see something is happening.
     
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    Same here. Submitted back on the 9th of September, received response on the 14th. Submitted another on the 20th, and got another response the next day. Almost faster than DJI... :)
     
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