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Posted 6/30/2019 22:39 (#7590941 - in reply to #7548686)
Subject: RE: E-mail from Federal Aviation Administration

North central TX
I have my drone license and the fire dept I volunteer at has a 107 night waiver for our big drone. The 107 waivers are certainly not an easy thing to get...we had to apply and retry 4 or 5 times before it got approved and they continue to deny any additional permissions. (Eg. Flying over populations) We use it to survey wildland fires in rough country and for SAR, so far exclusively in class G airspace, which doesn't require ANY license to fly as long as you are under 400 ft
I would try to avoid any extra licensing I could for as long as possible.
It's an unnecessary cost and hassle in rural America and as long as you stay away from the 'restricted' areas like the local municipal airport you will never be bothered by the FAA.

The push toward all these regs is a response to the morons out west who are flying them around in active airspace at the wildfires in California..seems like there is at least one reported near miss with accompanying stoppage of air support every 'big' fire they have out there. But that's a soapbox for another day...
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