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Today, the FAA approved two  new Section 333 petitions for exemption. One exemption was issued for real estate photography and videography over non-congested areas in Tucson, Arizona using the DJI Phantom 2 Vision + (the same UAS I use as a hobbyist).  The second exemption was issued for precision agriculture crop scouting and photogrammetry using the senseFly eBee Ag UAS.

The two new exemptions approved today are as follows:

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Again, just as with previous Section 333 exemptions, the FAA continues to require that the Pilot in Command (PIC) possesses at least a private pilot certificate and a current third-class medical certificate. Interestingly, the FAA is allowing the 1.5 pound fixed-wing eBee to fly up to 70 knots.

We continue to believe that requiring a private pilot certificate (“private pilot’s license) is unnecessary as it does not provide training related to the safe operation of the UAS as documented by research studies by the FAA and Army Research Laboratory. Therefore, please contact your US Senators and Congressmen to ask them to work to eliminate the private pilot certificate requirement in Section 333 exemptions or in the upcoming NPRM for sUAS.

If you would like to speak with Antonelli Law about helping you submit your own Section 333 petition for exemption, call Principal Jeffrey Antonelli at 312-201-8310 or fill out the contact form below. Additional information about our Drone/UAS Practice Group is available by clicking here as well.


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FAA Approves Five New 333 Exemptions

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Today the FAA approved five new Section 333 petitions for exemption by four companies, but continues to require a private pilot’s license for these very small UAVS, stating “Although Section 333 provides limited statutory flexibility relative to 49 USC § 44704 for the purposes of airworthiness certification, it does not provide flexibility relative to other sections of 49 USC. The FAA does not possess the authority to exempt from the statutory requirement to hold an airman certificate, as prescribed in 49 USC § 44711.”

Immediate action by Congress must be made to address this. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) gets why a private pilots license just is not applicable to flying these UAVs. Contact your US senators and congressmen now.

Here is the letter we are sending today: Antonelli Law letter to Congress 12-14-10

The four new exemptions approved today are a follows:

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Please take a look at the hearing in progress:

Hearing : U.S. Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Integration, Oversight, and Competitiveness


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Updates to Section 333 Petitions – 117 Filed

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Searching the Regulations.gov website is too hard, so we wanted to make it easy for you.

We have updated our list to include the 117 Section 333 petitions on file, including the Section 333 petition Antonelli Law filed on behalf of Nixon Engineering (more will be filed by our Drone/UAS Practice Group soon. Of the 117 Section 333 Petitions, 9 were summarily rejected with only one of those submitted by an attorney. Please note that no warranties are made to the accuracy or completeness of these petitions. For the official versions go to Regulations.gov.

If your company would like assistance filing its own Section 333 petition to fly UAS commercially, contact firm principal Jeffrey Antonelli at 312-201-8310 or fill out the contact form below and we will contact you. To see an example of the quality of our work,  select Nixon Engineering below.

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