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Trying to follow the rules....

Discussion in 'Rules and Regulations' started by John Tarvin, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. John Tarvin

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    I live in a small town, but we have a little public untowered airfield which happens to be within 5 miles of where I like to fly around here. Haven't flown for 3 years, but will be starting again....under the new regulations.

    I researched the specific locations and gathered data (coordinates, elevation, distance from airport, etc). The airport isn't always "manned" operationally. But, I called today and reached someone! Told the gentleman I wanted to notify them of upcoming flights. Gave him the dates, times, coordinates, max altitude and advised him of nearby land features and utility poles that were higher than I would be flying. (Like, duh, no pilot will be anywhere near the elevation I'll be flying). He and I both agreed that we are all getting used to the new regulations. At this point, they advise their local pilots but do not issue a NOTAM.

    By being prepared with info, I can now simply call and leave a message on their answering machine even when there is no one there. This will be really helpful for me in the future.
     
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  2. BigAl07

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    Hello [​IMG]

    Welcome to the forum and the addiction er hobby :)

    Very well done. That's how we go above and beyond :)
     
  3. John Tarvin

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    SCA to Calif Ave Field complete.jpg
    Thanks, Al... All of the places I want to fly around here are near higher obstructions than I will be flying. So, in those cases, notification is not really adding to safety...only to airport or ATC operation workload. I read where it is possible to establish a letter of agreement that would preclude the necessity to notify. I am going to look into that as a possibility. I can't even fly around my own neighborhood without notifying because I'm within 5 miles of that little airport, with 600 msl hills in between! Until I can do that, I'll just keep leaving them messages when I want to fly!! The attached jpg SCA to Calif Ave Field complete.jpg is the research I've done on my favorite site.
     
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    Is the official name of that airport San Martin? And, will you be eventually flying under the hobby/recreation rules or FAR Part 107?
     
  5. John Tarvin

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    Thanks for your reply. The official name is South County Airport (E16), but it lives in San Martin. Yes, flying as a hobbyist, but the rules still need be followed. While I never expect do any commercial work, will still study for and pass the 107 test to get the remote pilot sUAS certification.