Webinar Series – Airspace & Airspace Authorizations

The Air Up There: Airspace Matters.
When you fly your drone, the airspace you are flying in is regulated by the FAA from the ground up. Do you wonder why that is and how it impacts you? Learn more about what airspace is, why it is regulated, and why it’s important that all drone pilots understand how the National Airspace System (NAS) is used. Watch the webinar.

Deconstructing NOTAMs: How do they Affect Drone Operations?
FAA Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) are issued to pilots to provide time-critical safety information. As a drone pilot, it’s your responsibility to read them before you plan an operation. In this webinar, we deconstruct what a NOTAM is, the different types that are issued, and how to find them. Watch the webinar.

Where am I? How to Identify what Airspace you are Operating in
Flying your drone without an understanding of where you are in the National Airspace System is like driving your car with no knowledge of potential hazards or construction routes that could impact your journey. We teach you how to identify what class of airspace you plan to fly in – and what it means for your operation. Watch the webinar.

What is Class E Airspace and how do I Operate in it?
Class E airspace can be challenging to navigate and there are two areas of Class E that are important to drone operators. In this webinar, we explain how Class E airspace affects your drone operation, how to recognize the different types, and when you need to apply for an airspace authorization. Watch the webinar.

Recreational Flyers: Fly Safe. Have Fun.
New FAA regulations and changes describe how, when, and where you can fly your drone for recreational purposes. You are considered a recreational flyer if you fly your drone for fun, and following these rules will keep you and your drone safe – as well as keep the airspace available to everyone. In this webinar, we explain how the FAA is incrementally rolling out changes and what they mean for you when you fly. Watch the webinar.

What is the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC)?
LAANC revolutionized the way the FAA manages airspace authorizations, and it provides drone pilots with increased access to controlled airspace, as well as greater flexibility in operational planning. In this webinar, you’ll learn what the LAANC capability is, how it works, and how the FAA collaborates with the drone community to provide pilots with automated applications that enable flights into the National Airspace System. Watch the webinar.

How to Navigate UAS Facility Maps
UAS Facility Maps show areas and altitudes in controlled airspace around airports where drone pilots can receive an authorization to fly below the maximum altitude depicted on the map, and up to 400 feet. In this webinar, we demonstrate how to access the UAS Facility Maps with the FAA’s data visualization tool, and explain everything you need to know about them. Watch the webinar.

Webinar Series – Public Safety Outreach

Drone Safety: It’s the Law
The use of drones in our nation’s airspace is rapidly increasing, which raises both opportunities and challenges for public safety and government officials. Learn more about how your authority allows you to take action and respond to unauthorized or unsafe drone operations. Watch the webinar.

Public Safety: How to Start a Drone Program
Calling all public safety agencies who want to operate a drone, or start a drone program, including law enforcement, fire, and emergency responders: this webinar is for you! FAA experts explain your options for flying a drone: fly under the small UAS rule (Part 107) or as a public aircraft with a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA). Watch the webinar.

How to Fly Your Drone During an Emergency
If your mission supports public safety agencies, utility or other critical infrastructure restoration, insurance agencies supporting disaster recovery damage assessment, or media coverage providing crucial information to the public, this webinar is for all drone pilots who need to fly their drones during an emergency. In this webinar, our FAA experts guide you on the special process to expedite approvals so you can fly during emergencies. Watch the webinar.

Webinar Series – How to Apply for an Operational Waiver

Where is my Waiver?
Learn what is involved in the waiver application process and learn how to apply for what you really want. Watch the webinar.

Risky Business
Successful waivers include detailed risk assessments. Learn how to identify hazards, assess the risk they pose to your operation and develop methods to reduce the identified risk. Watch the webinar.

Just the Facts
The importance of good data to support your proposed operation and safety case is key to successfully applying for a waiver. Learn why Requests for Information positively support your application, and what not to do in your safety mitigations. Watch the webinar.

The Dark Night – Part 1 and 2
This two part series dives into the waiver application for nighttime UAS operations. FAA experts discuss the Waiver Safety Explanation Guideline (WSEG) in detail and provide guidance on how to successfully address the questions. Tips for identifying nighttime hazards and mitigation strategies are covered.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Using real examples, this session reviews what a successful and unsuccessful waiver application looks like. Watch the webinar.

Beyond Visual Line of Sight
Why is this so difficult to obtain? This episode focuses on the “holy grail” of waivers. Is it impossible? No. Will it take more effort than applying for a night waiver? Definitely. Watch the webinar.

Operating Limitations: Altitude
Learn how to fly above the 400 foot altitude ceiling with an operation limitation (altitude) waiver. Watch the webinar.

Operations over People
Why are there so few approvals for this waiver? In this session, we address the mitigations necessary to ensuring your operation doesn’t endanger people on the ground. Watch the webinar.