The Federal Aviation Administration has been busy

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It’s been a busy week, at least for me. I’ve been digesting the changes that the FAA is implementing. I’m still working my way through 14 CFR Parts 1, 47, 48, 89, 91, and 107, Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Three Hundred nineteen pages discussing the proposed changes. I’ll post the document for you.

If you are in the film industry, or use a UAV for agricultural surveying, landscape photography or work in areas where WiFi and 3G is unavailable, I recommend that, at the very least, you read the Executive Summary so you’ll get the 30,000 foot view of what is coming. The FAA is looking at a 2 to 3 year implementation window from the date the new rules go into effect.

The FAA is also changing they way it handles airman certification. By airman certification they mean anyone pilot certificate including what the FAA calls Unmanned General, otherwise know as a Remote Pilot certification. I’ll post a Webinar video that you will want to sit through. The system goes into effect 13 January 2020. If you fly UAVs under Part 107 you are included in this requirement. Recreational drone pilots are exempt. So that is important and impacts your testing and retesting process.

So without further ado, let’s get this shoot the shit started.

Below is the FAA’s proposed Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems requirements document. If you use a UAV for any activity read the Executive Summary at a minimum. I’m still working my way through it but the summary will give you a decent understanding of what’s being proposed.

Drone pilots and operators have expressed some concern about the scope of the information transmitted, which under the proposal would be available to the public and local law enforcement. Those concerns are valid in that they could represent confidentiality issues. I’m more concerned about the airborne technology, frequency spectrum and the impact on gross weight. Pilots may also be operating in areas where there is no WiFi or 3G service. So, those are real issues that require a detailed plan from the FAA and not just a wish list.

This next video, details the changes to Upcoming Changes to Airman Knowledge Testing.

On January 13, 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will launch improvements to the way it tests all applicants for an FAA airman certificate. This applies for all certificated pilots (including drone pilots). One of the most important changes is the requirement that all applicants obtain an FAA Tracking Number (FTN) by creating an Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) profile prior to registering for a knowledge test. Join the FAA for a webinar explaining the new testing system, including the FTN requirement. For more information, please visit Airman Certificate Testing Services (ACTS) at…

You’ll note that all existing airmen or individuals testing for airmen certification are required to have FAA Tracking Number (FTN). If you are not currently licensed, the system will issue an FTN after you’ve completed the online registration process. Do not lose this number!

If you are already licensed your current certificate number is your FTN. See the figure below.


Your Remote Pilot card should look like the card shown above. Note the certificate number line, the number next to that line is your FTN and it’s the number you’ll need to enter when registering.

Here’s the takeaway from the Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems requirements. Flying a drone is going to be a much more complex issue; undoubtedly driving higher equipment costs. Any Part 107 operation requires full compliance. Recreational flying will also be much more restrictive.

Like all shoot the shits, you can make any comments you’d like without supporting your position, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject.

Have a great weekend, be safe and spend some quality time with your buds or family – schedule your own shoot the shit and give fingering your iPhone a break, it will change your life.

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