Factory Trained FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot

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The FAA is revising their rules to integrate commercial operation of drones in the National Air Space (NAS). These new rules are under the FAA's part 107. 

Part 107 will allow a licensed pilot who has a current flight review, who passes the Part 107 course, and has a Flight Service District Office or a CFI sign off as witness to these requirments apply for license and to act as Pilot in Command of a drone for commercial purposes while following all regulations. Restrictions will limit when and where and how the drone can be operated within the NAS. 

This website will be a compiliation of my training and certification to fly drone commercially. 

I own a DJI phantom and I have operated a Precision Hawk Lancaster survey grade drone and attended their factory training. 

 

 Check back in the future, because I plan to add downloadable materials for your convenience

Drone Tool Box Kit
TOOLS

Here are all of the tools and cases you will need to fly your sUAS Drone. Spare parts are a must. 

HARDWARE

Here are all of the tools and cases you will need to fly your sUAS Drone. Spare parts are a must. 

Lancaster ready for flight
PRECISION HAWK LANCASTER

This aircraft is the 4th generation or Rev 4 from Precision Hawk. After assymbly the PH will perform an automated preflight check to ensure all motors, control surfaces, and servos have been properly connected. The operator simply follows the LCD screen in front of the antenna and clicks the proper response button for each screen. 

Precision Hawk Takeoff
LAUNCH

Step forward and hurl the plan forward with a lot more force than you would expect. Liek throwing a 5lb football. 

Hold the precision hawk near the rear edge of the wings
0-15 DEGREE

When launching be sure to keep the drone mostly level. Too high and it will stall and nose dive to regain air flow over the wings, too low and it will hit the ground just as too high. 

Launch drone into the wind
HOLD AT CG

When launching hold near the rear of the wings and prepare for the thrust and wind as the motor spools up. 

Recovery of drone
RECOVERY

Be sure to avoid the propellor after landing and before shutting down by the control panel on the top of the plane. Accidental spool ups can occur. Later model PH aircraft have a plug to lock out the motor. 

Precision Hawk field landing
LANDING

The PH has no landing gear. It is designed to fly to a preselected spot and flared by the operator just before touchdown. 

Drone Remote Control
CONTROLLER

Each PH is paired to a unique controller. 

PREFLIGHT

Just like a real aircraft goes through a preflight, a drone shall be inspected before flight. Be sure to remove the pitot tube cover, all connections are locked, the control surfaces are free and correct, and the proper propeller is used for altitudes above or below 3000 feet. 

DAMAGE

As part of your preflight ensure the electrical connections are secure. 

BATTERIES

The aircraft manufacturer will publish flight times for the battery. However if you carry more then recomended loading the battery life and aircraft handling and performance will be effected. 3-4 batteries with on site power inverter charging will allow enough flight time on precharged batteries to ensure the data is captured without waiting for a recharge before a battery can recharge. 

SPARE PARTS

Damage can occur to the drone from normal use. In our training damage occured landing in soft but tall grass. Be sure you have extra spare parts and these parts are replaced at the preflight inspection. The PIC is responsible for safe operation of the aircraft. 

DISCARD

Batteries that are bulging or otherwise damaged from use or storage shall not be used. Also the FAA will not allow a spare battery to be caried on board a flight. It would be considered hazardous material. But if used to power the drone it is not considered hazardous material. 

ACCIDENTS

Ensure your pilots are trained before flight with a Real Flight 7.5 or newer simulator. 

At my training class another attendee wasnt trained and accidentally lost control. This accident could have been prevented with proper training, 

If you are involved in an accident that causes an individual to visit the hospitasl or more than a few hundred dollars in property damage you have 10 days to report it to the FAA. 

Factory Trained

Richard Clayborn is not affiliated or endorsed by Precision Hawk. However I did attend their factory training program. It covered ground school, software, preflight, flight, landing, and data processing.  

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