Demystifying Part 107s & COAs for Public Safety Drone Operations

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February 6, 2019

As many public safety organizations (PSOs) begin to implement and realize the immediate and tangible benefits of using drones in their operations, one of the most critical aspects of becoming fully operational and compliant in the eyes of the FAA is obtaining a Part 107 (for drone pilots) and a Certificate of Authorization (COA) for governmental and nonprofit organizations. Technically, a police officer, firefighter, or other first responder can operate under either set of regulations, but there are some key differences that should dictate what path to take. Aside from hardware and software considerations, the important question an organization or first responder should ask is how do they plan to use drones in their operations.

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Demystifying Part 107s & COAs for Public Safety Drone Operations
DroneSense
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February 6, 2019

As many public safety organizations (PSOs) begin to implement and realize the immediate and tangible benefits of using drones in their operations, one of the most critical aspects of becoming fully operational and compliant in the eyes of the FAA is obtaining a Part 107 (for drone pilots) and a Certificate of Authorization (COA) for governmental and nonprofit organizations. Technically, a police officer, firefighter, or other first responder can operate under either set of regulations, but there are some key differences that should dictate what path to take. Aside from hardware and software considerations, the important question an organization or first responder should ask is how do they plan to use drones in their operations.

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Compass Calibration: Tips to Get in the Air Much Faster in Mission-Critical Operations
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February 2, 2018

In public safety situations where time is of the essence, drones provide an invaluable level of situational awareness so being able to deploy them as soon as possible is critical. In this post, we’re going to explore when and why to calibrate your drone and tips for getting in the air much faster.

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The DroneSense Platform: The ‘Insurance Policy’ for Your Organization's UAS Program
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January 3, 2018

Utilization of UAS by public safety organizations makes sense from many angles and hence, adoption is spreading quickly nationwide. However, not having a single platform that fully addresses the importance aspects of a UAS program from the start is akin to playing with fire; just as not using readily-available, inexpensive, off-the-shelf UAS in operations to help save more lives could also be considered a huge missed opportunity. Adopting UAS for regular use by your organization must be done with full accountability and compliance in mind--you need that “insurance policy” to properly integrate this game-changing technology into your operations.

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A Recap of 2016 & What's in Store for 2017
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January 4, 2017

As we take a step back and reflect on 2016, I think it was somewhat of a roller coaster ride for most of us. From a crazy political season and eye-opener of an election to some big wins and surprising failures in the drone industry, let’s just say we’re welcoming in 2017 and remain wholly optimistic and excited about the industry. We’ll highlight some of the biggest stories of 2016 and what we’re looking forward to in 2017.

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What Drone Pilots Need to Know About the Part 107 Exam
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August 11, 2016

This past June the FAA released the Part 107 ruling, a highly anticipated set of rules governing the usage of drones for commercial purposes that will be enacted on August 29, 2016. As we transition to Part 107, now in the waning days of the 333 Exemption, drone pilots will no longer be required to have a pilot’s license in order to operate a drone commercially. As part of the new ruling, the FAA will only require a “Remote Pilot Certificate,” which can be obtained by passing an aeronautical knowledge test at one of their 700 testing centers around the US.

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