New FAA Process for Section 333 Exemption
It’s now easier than ever to get that coveted FAA Section 333 exemption. The FAA has recently established a temporary process to significantly speed up authorizations for applicants who wish to use their drone for commercial purposes. There are a few caveats however to gaining the faster approval.
Under the new policy, the FAA with grant a Certificate of Authorization (COA) to those applicants who meet the following requirements:
- flights must take place at or below 200 feet
- aircraft must weight less than 55 pounds
- can only operate during daylight visual flight rules conditions (VFR)
- can only operate within visual line of sight of the pilot
- must stay certain distance from airports and heliports
- 5 nautical miles (NM) from airports with operational control towers; or
- 3 NM from an airport with a published instrument flight procedure, but not an operational tower; or
- 2 NM from an airport without a published instrument flight procedure or an operational tower; or
- 2 NM from a heliport with a published instrument flight procedure
Previously, it could take 6 months or longer to receive your COA. This new streamlined approached is expected to reduce the waiting time significantly. For more info, go to the FAA’s site by clicking HERE.
- Shawn R