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cayers13
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I was going to file a request for an exemption from the FAA but I noticed on their website it says "As of March 23, 2015, the FAA will automatically grant a "blanket" COA for flights at or below 200 feet to any UAS operator with a Section 333 exemption, provided the aircraft weighs less than 55 pounds, operations are conducted during daytime Visual Flight Rules (VFR) conditions and within visual line of sight (VLOS) of the pilots, and stay certain distances away from airports or heliports."
So you don't have to file for an actual exemption as long as you remain within these guidelines?
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oakspi
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What is a Section 333 exemption?  We need that from what I read.
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cayers13
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oakspi Posted at 2015-4-6 03:50
What is a Section 333 exemption?  We need that from what I read.

https://www.faa.gov/uas/legislative_programs/section_333/how_to_file_a_petition/

here's what it says on the website. I'm reading it that as of March 23 there's just a blanket 333 exemption for everyone as long as they stay within those guidelines.
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oakspi
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OH, I read something different.
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Capt. Bill
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From what I read the COA and the Section 333 exemption are two different things. You may not need to get a COA but you still have to petition for the Section 333 exemption. It doesn't mean you can fly commercial just by staying under 200 feet and line of sight.

https://www.faa.gov/uas/legislat ... public_guidance.pdf
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kirk2579
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oakspi Posted at 2015-4-6 04:26
OH, I read something different.

I agree with you on the reading.

I do "wish" it was written the other way though!

and it really should be
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mike
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cayers13, there is not a blanket exemption. The FAA did recently make a change that allows those who have an exemption to fly below 200 feet AGL without a COA.
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HermosaDrones
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yes, if they already have the 333 they are exempted. you still need to file for one.
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myron
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for filipino drone user here's the CAAP regulation http://caap.gov.ph/index.php/dow ... -aerial-vehicle-uav
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