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PPA Today: Drones: October 2017 Archives

Drones: October 2017 Archives

by Sidra Safri


New York has taken the first big step in advancing its drone corridor. This corridor is a 50-mile area of airspace over mostly rural lands located near Griffiss International Airport and the old Airforce base.

The corridor will allow drone pilots the opportunity to develop traffic management systems and further safety and performance testing. However, those using the facility are still required to abide by the Section 107 drone regulations including only flying in the line of sight.

New York is one of seven other states to have a corridor. The others are located in Virginia, North Dakota, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, and Alaska.

The corridor will not be fully operational for another year as the state continues to design the area and install necessary safety equipment to ensure flight testing can begin.

As always, stay informed on all things drones at

By Trent Schick

Have you been using drones in your business but want to take things further and set yourself apart from the competition? Well PPA has recently launched the Certified Drone Photographer program! 

This unique program ensures that you are not only legal to fly drones, but also equipped with the education to take the best pictures using drones. Before you jump in, there are just a few things you need to know.

To be eligible for the program, you must meet certain requirements:  

  • PPA membership
  • An FAA Section 333 Certificate OR Remote Pilot Certificate (Part 107)
  • Proof of General Liability Insurance
  • UAS Registration Number
  • Logbook summarizing 30 hours of Flight Time

If you meet these requirements, you can apply for the program, which includes a $75 fee. After your application is successfully processed, you will be able to schedule your Certified Drone Photographer exam, the final step in your certification. The exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions, costs $25, and you must score an 80% or higher to receive your certification.

The Certification is valid for two years, after which time you will need to recertify. Recertification can be completed by uploading your new FAA score or updated remote-pilot certificate.

Get more information on Drone Photographer Certification and access to the application, so you can learn to not only be 'Bona Fide' but 'Certified'!

By Sidra Safri

Under 14 CFR §99.7 entitled "Special Security Instructions", the FAA has the ability to issue additional drone restrictions based on the recommendations of other governmental agencies. 

On September 28th, the FAA issued a new set of restrictions at the request of the Department of Interior (DOI). The FAA and the DOI have decided to restrict drone flights up to 400 feet of the lateral legal boundaries of the following sites: 

  • Boston National Historical Park, Boston, MA
  • Folsom Dam,Folsom, CA
  • Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, AZ
  • Grand Coulee Dam, Grand Coulee, WA
  • Hoover Dam, Boulder City, NV
  • Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis, MO
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, SD
  • Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake, CA
  • Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NY

'Lateral legal boundary' means that no drones will be allowed to fly within 400 feet of the official boundaries of the site. 

These restrictions will go into effect starting October 5th. For more precise guidelines and more information, visit the B4U fly app

These new rules are important to keep in mind (and to share with fellow drone pilots and drone photographers!) as those who violate FAA restrictions will be subject to potential civil penalties and/or criminal charges. Nothing you want to be inadvertently involved with!

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About this Archive

This page is a archive of entries in the Drones category from October 2017.

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