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City of Newton Drone Ordinance Preempted, Chicago Likely Loses; What Remains Unanswered?

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City of Newton Drone Ordinance Preempted, Chicago Likely Loses; What Remains Unanswered? In wonderful news, a Massachusetts federal court has found that three drone operational restrictions in its municipal ordinance are preempted by federal law:  The ban on the use of a pilotless aircraft below an altitude of 400 feet over private property without the […]

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Letter to US DOT Secretary Elaine Chao – Urgent FAA Reauthorization Changes Needed

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This is a letter we are sending today to the US Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. The letter urges immediate changes to the imminent passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act in light of last week’s drone ban passed by the Cook County, Illinois. Cook County has banned all take offs and landings of drones […]

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Educational “Drone Letter” Service Announced by Antonelli Law to Educate Local Governments

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Educational “Drone Letter” Service Announced by Antonelli Law to Educate Local Governments Antonelli Law has been beating the drum for over a year now: We absolutely must get Congress to add clear “federal jurisdiction only” provisions in the 2017 FAA Reauthorization Act. Language that says explicitly only the FAA has jurisdiction over the national airspace […]

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Antonelli Law Successfully Defends Part 107 Pilot From Chicago Drone Ordinance Ticket

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Antonelli Law Successfully Defends Part 107 Pilot in Chicago Drone Ordinance Case In June, licensed drone pilot Jerrick Hakim flew his DJI Inspire 2 for one solitary flight on Chicago’s lakefront. A slow, cinematic flight, the drone flew above Lake Michigan perhaps several hundred feet from shore. After about 15 minutes, the professional photographer landed […]

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Prices For a Part 107 Waiver – Antonelli Law

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We  receive many contacts inquiring about our help filing a FAA Part 107 waiver petition for drones. The two most elusive ones in the marketplace are Part 107.31 Beyond Visual Line of Sight, and Part 107.39 Operations Over People. They are the most difficult to obtain, and the most costly to attempt.

The most common request is for “Night Waivers”, perhaps because Antonelli Law clients were some of the very first in the country to obtain them.

The Two Most Commonly Asked Part 107 Waiver Questions Are:

  1. How likely is the FAA going to grant approval?
  2. How much will it cost for you to help me obtain it?

Since we receive these questions so commonly, I thought it helpful to give the following estimates of our cost for obtaining assistance in drafting and submitting the waiver(s). 

There are many varieties of drone operations, and many unpredictable changes in FAA policy with regard to requirements for Part 107 waivers, we simply cannot give firm prices on the internet. However, many companies need ballpark pricing so they can make their budget requests or decide it is out of their reach in the near future. Therefore we provide the following “ballpark” cost estimates, subject to change without notice.

Note: One factor to have in mind is whether you already have a current professional operations manual for your type of service operations. If you do, you probably fall in the lower end of the provided cost estimates.

Moving Vehicles – Part 107.25 Operation from a Moving Vehicle or Aircraft

Cost estimate: $2,500 to $5,000 and up

Night Waivers – Part 107.29 Daylight Operation

Cost estimate: $1,000 to $1,500 and up

BVLOS – Part 107.31 Visual Line of Sight Aircraft Operation

Cost estimate:$10,000 to $15,000 or more

Deposit retainer: $5,000 minimum

Swarms – Part 107.35 Operation of Multiple Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Cost estimate:$1,000 to $5,000 or more

Over People – Part 107.39 Operation Over Human Beings

Cost estimate: $5,000 to $10,000 or more

Deposit retainer: $2,500 minimum

UAS CONSULTATION

Antonelli Law offers a $350 comprehensive telephone consultation with Jeffrey Antonelli and our FAA consultant  to discuss your UAS goals and whether, and how, you may obtain FAA approval.

If you would like to make an appointment for our $350 comprehensive consultation, please call us at 312-201-8310 or you may also use the contact form below.

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 More on BVLOS Part 107 Waivers – Why Is The Cost So High?

In brief, the answer in my view is lack of clarity from the FAA.

Many companies contact us here at Antonelli Law – domestic and international – seeking advice for obtaining the BLOS waiver. Many of them have very compelling stories and technology to offer. We wish we could provide both a standardized process (and standard legal fee) that is clear and predictable in scope and timeline, but trying to do so with the FAA involved is simply not possible right now.

The scope of work and cost varies as to whether you are looking for what is basically extended visual line of site operations for farmland, or you want to deliver things far from the ground control station  – especially it is compounded with the possibility of flying over people.

However, the general steps are as follows:

Step One: Develop your concept of operations and risk assessment

Step Two: Develop testing data either overseas or at an FAA test site. Alternatively participate in the FAA Pathfinder Program.

Step Three: Draft the actual beyond line of sight (BLOS) waiver request under Part 107, technically parts 107.31, 102.200 and 107.205. 

The fees for helping you through this are approximately (depending on the complexity and risk of your operations) $10,000 to $15,000 or more.

If you wish to fly BLOS involving delivering something that is not owned by the company – like Amazon is famously trying to do – currently there is no process for this available under Part 107 and another avenue must be pursued.

These are just the basics, but we hope this provides some insight whether you are an operator looking to expand your UAS operations or an investor evaluating a company pitching you  getting regulatory approval from the FAA to fly and make money as promised. 

 

See Also:

The Value of Antonelli Law – Section 333 and Beyond

 

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