Abstract: Session B  8:30 am (Back to Session B)
How are you Flying - As a Hobbyist or a Commercial Pilot?

Joshua White, PG, PE, CFM, CPESC
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC)
Worthington, OH

Drones are flying everywhere... in the park, your backyard, weddings, movie sets, and many stream restoration projects.  In 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amended regulations to adopt specific rules for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).  These regulations clarified understandings between being a hobbyist and flying commercially.  Previous years many stream restoration folks flew UASs under a “research” tag when actually it would have been considered commercial flying under 14 CFR Part 107.  Today, the FAA can slap hefty fines on companies for the misuse of the UAS.  This presentation aims to keep stream restoration folks out of trouble by discussing the following: how UASs are classified, UAS airspaces, how to get certified as a remote pilot, what to do before you go out and fly, and limitations of the UAS under 14 CFR Part 107.