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Paying for your section 333

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JWarren, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. JWarren

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    Found a company on the internet that will do it for $500.00. Most places are $1500. Anyone gone this route and can recommend anyone? Thanks.


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    It costs about $15 to do it yourself. If time is worth more than money though, then I guess it's a great deal. This might help if you want to do it yourself.
     
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    I don't think it cost me anything to do mine. I just looked through the ones that got accepted and picked the shortest one that most closely matched my needs (two pages) and changed out my personal info. I didn't even include links or photocopies of the manuals. But it did take at least six months to get approved...
     
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    You didn't have to register your aircraft with the FAA? Get an N-number? Etc.? There are a few small costs you must pay to the FAA.
     
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    Doesn't the new Section 107 that is supposedly coming mid month make Section 333's a thing of the past? This should be in place and testing available well before the 6+ months it takes to get a Section 333?
    If not please fill me in because I am waiting for that!


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  6. msinger

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    I think that's the plan, but the FAA still has not finalized the new rules. They were supposed to be out 1+ year ago now. Will we see them within 6 months? I'm hopeful, but not confident.
     
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    Thanks! I guess it's time to start filling out the paperwork just in case!


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    I'll charge you less at $499.99 to get your 333 exemption and register your drone with an N number. :D
     
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    Earlier someone mentioned they "found" the shortest 333 Exemptions and filed it. Where did you find the form(s)? Any assistance would be appreciated.
     
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    Check out the link in post 2 above.
     
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    But according to all this you still need a sport pilot license? I'm very confused. I don't have a PIC it's me and a spotter for jobs.


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  12. msinger

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    The person flying the Phantom is the PIC. The PIC must have at least a sport/recreational pilot license.
     
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    But if you don't have that then there's no point in getting a 333?


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  14. msinger

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    Correct -- if you're planning on flying and don't have a license. You could get an exemption and hire a pilot who is also trained to fly Phantoms. That probably doesn't make sense for most people cost-wise though.
     
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    When I submitted my petition there wasn't a registration requirement yet (but I did register the day registration opened and the $5 was supposedly refunded for early registration).

    As for an N-number, I don't have that. Is that a detail I missed that I need to have?

    Regardless, the cost of getting the 333 as per the OP can be zero if you do it yourself.
     
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    It was always a requirement. You must register your aircraft to fly commercially -- which also requires an N-number. See more details in step #5 of the "Petitioning for Exemption under Section 333" process on the FAA's website here.
     
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    Commercial registration has always been required. Hobby registration is a new aspect but Commercial was a requirement long long ago.

    The good news is all-in cost is under $20 so it's not a financial hardship.
     
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    Such a sad truth of the 333 matter. Lots of very competent and qualified drone pilots who can't fly commercially because of this.
     
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    Does anyone see this changing with the new regulations?


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    The FAA is working on adding a new type of pilot license -- allegedly called an "operator" license. You'll be able to obtain it without flying a manned aircraft.