Our Interviews 

Section 333 Insights from Monterey Drone

Monterey Drone received their Section 333 Exemption on April 3rd. We reached out to learn more about the process from their perspective. They are located on the central coast of California and is an aerial video and photography firm. Q. You filed your Section 333 exemption on November 7th of 2014, did the approval process go forward as you expected? Yes, I didn’t expect the process to be a quick one. However, I didn’t expect it to take 5 months either. Q. Would Monterey Drone have any recommendations to others who are…

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Interview with Paul Liberatore of Dronebrief

A chat with Dronebrief Founder Paul Liberatore We reached out to Paul to learn more about his thoughts on the state of drone technology and law. Paul   Paul is a licensed attorney in the State of Arizona who has a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in Aeronautical Engineering Technology. He is also a Commercial Pilot with over 1300 hours logged time, with a CFI, MEI, and A&P.  Oh yes, Paul also founded Dronebrief, a site focused on the relatively new field of drone law. Q. You are focused on commercial…

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Our Interviews 

Section 333 Insights from VSG Unmanned

VSG Unmanned We continue our Section 333 Insights series, we last spoke with Industrial Aerobotics, LLC, by this time getting Section 333 Insights from VSG Unmanned.  They were approved for their Section 333 exemption on March 24th so we reached out to learn more about their experience. Q. You filed your Section 333 exemption on August 4th of 2014, did the approval process go forward as you expected? It took a bit longer than we anticipated. I think everyone was surprised with the number of applicants and the FAA was just…

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Section 333 Insights from Industrial Aerobotics, LLC

We recently reported that Industrial Aerobotics, LLC received their Section 333 Exemption on March 24th, 2015.  We reached out to gain Section 333 Insights from Industrial Aerobotics, LLC on the  process, their planned commercial uses for drones, and more.  Enjoy the interview. Q. You filed your Section 333 exemption on September 2nd of 2014, did the approval process go forward as you expected? Not at all. The FAA listed an expected duration for approval of 120 days in their initial release. That would have put our expected approval near January 2nd. In mid…

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Our Contributors 

21 Section 333 Exemptions Approved, 3/20/2015 – 3/27/2015

21 Section 333 Exemptions Approved The FAA made a lot of progress on exemptions during the last few days with 21 section 333 exemptions approved. Here are the section 333 exemptions approved by the FAA and a summary of planned use for each. San Diego Gas & Electric Company The exemption notes: “The exemption would allow the petitioner to operate an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to conduct aerial inspections of its electric and gas facilities including emergency response damage assessments” Southern Company Services, Inc. The exemption notes: “The exemption would…

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Section 333 Improvement: Companies now have “blanket approval”

The FAA is making progress with this section 333 improvement.   On Tuesday an interim step was taken to make it easier for companies that have already received Section 333 approval.    The 45+ companies that have this approval now have the right to fly below 200 feet without gaining any additional approvals.  This is progress as it eliminates the need to file flight plans for missions below this altitude Section 333 approval is challenging and time consuming and goes through a lengthy approval process that is slowed down, in…

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Our Interviews 

Interview with Jay Forte of Sky-Futures

15299 / Pixabay Q. Could you tell us a bit about Sky-Futures? Sky-Futures provides visual inspection and technical report writing using UAV technology and Oil and Gas industry experts. We have been operating globally for nearly four years with offices in London, Aberdeen, Malaysia and Norway. The Houston office opens tomorrow as we now have our permission to operate commercially in the US. Our safety procedures and operations manual have been proven with over 200 days of work performed last year with zero safety incidents. We look forward to bringing our…

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Drones In The News 

Sky-Futures: Use of Drones for Oil and Gas Inspections

We came across this press release and wanted to share it with our readers.  Using drones for oil and gas inspections is another great example of using drone/uav technology to increase efficiency (dollars and time) while improving employee safety.  We applaud these efforts and look forward to seeing many more. Drones for Oil and Gas Inspections Sky-Futures USA, a Houston based company offering drone inspection services to the Oil and Gas industry is today awarded a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 Exemption permitting the use of its Ascending Technologies…

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