So my understanding is this: If you are a hobbyist you just have to tell the local airport (within 5 miles) that you are operating. No permission needed. But if you are a Part 107 Commercial UAV you need to ask permission via an online form. So when are they supposed to get back to you and let you know you can operate within the 5 miles of an Airport? This will put all the Real Estate drone operators out of business. By the time the FAA/ATC grants permission for the flight, the house they are trying to photograph will be off the market. This obviously can delay assignments/missions/jobs, etc. for days or weeks. Timely events will not take place. The new agencies can only use the UAVs when they are not near an airport i guess. I'm in Seattle. Everywhere around the Seattle proper is within 5 miles of an airport, heliport, seaport, etc. Can't believe the hobbyist is trusted more than the commercial/certified operator. Thoughts? Understandings? From the www.faa.gov/uas/faqs website: How do I request permission from Air Traffic Control to operate in Class B, C, D, or E airspace? Is there a way to request permission electronically? You can request airspace authorization through an online web portal available at www.faa.gov/uas/request_waiver. Can I contact my local air traffic control tower or facility directly to request airspace permission? No. All airspace permission requests must be made through the online portal.