Drones and Dead Rockers. Special guest: Enrico Schaefer




Special Guest: Enrico Schaefer

ELU074_-_Google_DocsEnrico Schaefer, Esq. is a Unmanneed Aerial Systems pilot and technology lawyer at TraverseLegal in Traverse City, Michigan.  He has been a UAS enthusiast for years, and has completed a number of advanced UAS classes in the UAS program at Northwestern Michigan College.  Enrico is considered one of the top Section 333 and UAV attorneys in the country, representing Fortune 100 and start-up companies on drone law and Section 333 issues.  He is the author of many articles concerning FAA drone regulations, Section 333 exemptions and FAA compliance, many of which can be found here at DroneLaw.pro.  Enrico has been a speaker at the International Drone Conference on its insurance panel and has had numerous media appearances ranging from MITech News, Robotics Business Review,  Internet Advisor Podcast and The Steve Gruber Show (1240 WJIM Radio), WJR Radio (Detroit), DroneLife.com and “That Drone Show.”

Some basic takeaways:

A checklist for compliance with Drone FAA regs (and some common sense)

N.B.- The checklist doesn’t cover everything, but is a good place to start. Please review all FAA rules and regulations on commercial operation for drones:

  • Maintain a valid Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Registration with the FAA;
  • Drone is physically marked with the sUAS registration number (N-number);
  • Comply with all rules, regulations, and applicable laws whether local, state, or federal for the operation of an Unmanned Aircraft System;
  • Secure an approved FAA Exemption under Section 333 (it could be months or longer before the new Part 107 (which will replace Section 333 is approved and implemented);
  • Airworthiness certification from the FAA for the drone;
  • Fly the drone below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles;
  • Keep the drone within visual line of sight at all times;
  • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations;
  • Do not not fly within 5 miles of an airport;
  • Do not fly near people or stadiums (500 feet or the equivalent to a city block away from people or structures);
  • Do not fly a drone that weighs more than 55 pounds;
  • Do not fly at night;
  • The operator of the drone holds a valid airline transport, commercial, private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate;
  • Operator of drone will not be  negligent, careless, or reckless in the operation of the drone;
  • Confirm there are no airspace restrictions where the drone will be flown;
  • Maintain a commercial drone liability insurance policy (this will most likely be a rider to a commercial insurance policy).

Filming With Drones Raises Safety Concerns in Hollywood – Variety


Drone rules: Everything you need to know to fly domestic drones legally – The Independent


Filmmakers Seek Looser Drone Regulatory Rules – The Hollywood Reporter


Disneyland is in fact seeking an exemption from the FAA to allow use of drones in its fireworks display

http://m.ocregister.com/articles/disney-699452-drones-use.html http://m.ocregister.com/articles/disney-632730-drones-use.html

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Electronic Frontier Foundation  material:


The Bill itself:


CALL TO ACTION: Contact your legislators about this!