Rounding out a year loaded with societal strife, the Federal Aviation Administration came out with a series of rules that would be implemented or changed in the near future. The rule that received the most spotlight was regarding the Remote ID requirement that will take effect in 2023.
It’s the aerial entrepreneur’s first time being slapped with the reality of government regulation. The dreaded Part 107 certification. It’s a necessary “evil.” Whether you are new to the game or you have taken the Part 107 test before, this article will touch on the importance of attaining a Part 107 certification before flying commercially and provide some leads for where you can find the best study materials for the initial and recurrent versions of the test.
A license for a car is far less expensive and one could argue that driving a car on a daily basis is far more dangerous than flying a drone responsibly below 400 feet. So, it might be high-time that we examine the costs of the Part 107 and find a way to make it much less expensive, especially for the little guys who fund their own business or hobby.
When I purchased my Mavic 2 Zoom, I thought it was sleek and sexy. The gunmetal grey body paired with silver accents just gave it that cool, secret agent vibe that I wanted in my drone, especially after graduating up from a bulky, white Phantom 3 aircraft. Not only did it pack a punch with a bunch of new features, but it was cool to look at too.
It was only fitting that our community of mavericks and renegades band together to fight against oppression. I just wish the stakes weren’t so high for so many when it comes to their rights and privileges to take to the skies and do what they love.
We have just a few days left to comment on this legislation. The FAA has opened the floor and now is the time for all of us to speak up against this proposal. Make your voice heard by submitting a comment and let the FAA know that they need to go back to the drawing board before proposing remote identification legislation again. Do not let our hobby die. Do not let the FAA and its lobbyist cronies like Amazon take away our rights and privileges as UAS pilots. FIGHT THE POWER, MAN!