Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

Got my Section 333 Exemptions, But now I need a Sport Pilot Cert..... Ugggggg

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by CoolClownFish, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. CoolClownFish

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2015
    Messages:
    99
    Likes Received:
    23
    So as the title says, I got my exemptions the other day but now realize I have to get my sport pilot certificate at the least in order to use it commercially.

    Anyone know the ins and outs of getting it? is it difficult? Expensive? Can I get it from a crackerjack box?
     
  2. RoyVa

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2015
    Messages:
    2,246
    Likes Received:
    449
    Location:
    Virginia
    Cost $$$ for a pilots license. Many school room hours as well as flight time to earn it.
     
  3. Marlin009

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2014
    Messages:
    1,091
    Likes Received:
    515
    Location:
    West Coast of Florida
    I think someone posted the other day that it was $3K+.
     
  4. N017RW

    Joined:
    May 2, 2014
    Messages:
    6,236
    Likes Received:
    1,612
    Location:
    Palm Beach Co.- FL
    You were not aware of this when you applied?

    $3-5K depending on skill, aptitude, etc.

    Find a local airport and you'll find flight school(s).
     
  5. CoolClownFish

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2015
    Messages:
    99
    Likes Received:
    23
    Either I didn't read that or I misunderstood but either way jokes on me.
     
  6. N017RW

    Joined:
    May 2, 2014
    Messages:
    6,236
    Likes Received:
    1,612
    Location:
    Palm Beach Co.- FL
    Find a pilot-partner and you're good to go!
     
  7. saylor

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2015
    Messages:
    103
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    GARLAND TEXAS BABY ! ! ! 1
    **** ,thats a bunch of crap. this quadcopter is not manned.
    how do you fly 25 nautical miles?
    2hour cross country flight?
    waypoint flying over 75 nautical miles with 2 stops in between?
    (some of the reqm'ts i saw)
     
  8. BlackHawk388

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2015
    Messages:
    507
    Likes Received:
    202
    Location:
    Point Washington, FL.
    What's next? IFR training?

    There seems to be a lot of money behind these requirements. Unjustly so.
     
    snerd likes this.
  9. LUISMARTINEZ

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2015
    Messages:
    759
    Likes Received:
    272
    Sorry you didn't know that. I reviewed dozens of 333 approvals and they all require a minimum of sport pilot license. How long did they take to approve?
     
  10. LUISMARTINEZ

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2015
    Messages:
    759
    Likes Received:
    272
    Well, that's the FAA's way to say "we are not ready and we were asleep while everyone else saw the growth of UAVs coming" so they are way behind in the rule promulgation process. The irony is that their proposed rules do not require a pilot's license and will probably and finally only consist of a written exam. So they are forcing people who can't wait another year to get a license they will not need later(?).
     
    Astronut71 likes this.
  11. Astronut71

    Joined:
    May 31, 2015
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    7
    They are ensuring that anyone operating commercially has knowledge of the airspace system and has demonstrated that they are capable of good decision making. They also want to be able to hold a drone operator accountable for their actions. I know that I would never risk my airman's certificate by doing something stupid with my UAV. As Luis says, the requirement will go away, but in the meantime they are playing it safe until they get the proper rules in place.
     
  12. LUISMARTINEZ

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2015
    Messages:
    759
    Likes Received:
    272
    Agreed. It burns my butt that even though I have a commercial pilot license I still can't fly UAVs for profit until I get my 333. I can fly a passenger or cargo for profit but not a P3P :mad:
     
  13. Astronut71

    Joined:
    May 31, 2015
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    7
    It would be nice if they would allow commercial operations based on an existing airman certificate without the need for the exemption. It would have to be on the understanding that you are operating based on that certificate and are therefore accountable for any violations, just as you would be in a regular aircraft. What do you fly btw?
     
    Ti22 likes this.
  14. Airborne

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2015
    Messages:
    353
    Likes Received:
    90
    Location:
    Texas
    i never even considered it from that view point.

    the FAA is truly a messed up organization...
     
  15. LUISMARTINEZ

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2015
    Messages:
    759
    Likes Received:
    272
    I am not flying anything at the moment, stroke in 2013 left me partially affected on my left side.
     
  16. N017RW

    Joined:
    May 2, 2014
    Messages:
    6,236
    Likes Received:
    1,612
    Location:
    Palm Beach Co.- FL

    B.S. it's world-class in aviation safety.

    It's the model for world-wide aviation regulation.

    But... like with many technologies the legislature has not been able to keep up.
    Truly a concern going forward.
     
    jryser and Ti22 like this.
  17. LUISMARTINEZ

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2015
    Messages:
    759
    Likes Received:
    272
    Right on. The feds dropped the ball on UAVs and should have seen this growth coming. I am sure they'll get it all sorted out soon.
     
  18. Airborne

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2015
    Messages:
    353
    Likes Received:
    90
    Location:
    Texas
    Whats the FAA waiting on?

    they know what they are going to do already...
     
  19. CoolClownFish

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2015
    Messages:
    99
    Likes Received:
    23
    There will be at least another year from now before they start implementing anything different than what thy have now. This is what I have been told by the FAA Rule making department today on the phone. Im going to pay the $150 to go do a trial flight and see if that's what I would like to do but I don't see any issues with getting my pilots license. I may even just hire out the jobs that I get to local pilots that might want to earn the extra cash. This will give me the money to pay for my pilot license. Might as well go for my private at this point.
     
  20. LUISMARTINEZ

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2015
    Messages:
    759
    Likes Received:
    272
    Yeap, I figured we are looking at a year. My 333 should come thru late September.