Tips for Drone Operations Near Air/Heliports In Class G Airspace

Tips for Drone Operations Near Air/Heliports In Class G Airspace
March 3, 2021 Comments Off on Tips for Drone Operations Near Air/Heliports In Class G Airspace Drone Laws,FAA Tim Trott

By John Reinhardt, FAA UAS Test Sites Program Manager

One of my favorite travel spots is the island of Culebra, a municipality of Puerto Rico. The island has many great locations for videography including its crown jewel, Flamenco Beach — rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world. I recently traveled to Culebra and brought my DJI Mavic Mini drone to take videos of the island’s beauty. Allow me to share some of the risk mitigation strategies (RMS) I used to fly while operating near an airport and heliport in uncontrolled airspace. Flight safety is paramount no matter where you are — in a busy city or in paradise. Read more here

John Reinhardt is a program manager in the UAS Integration Office’s Operational Program Branch. He currently manages the FAA’s UAS Test Sites Program.

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Tim Trott Tim Trott has a long history of association with aviation. His father was a glider pilot at one time. Tim grew up with the Sky King television program and later met Kirby Grant after the TV star retired to Florida in the 1970's. Many years later, with the assistance of Kirby's wife and son, Tim wrote "Out of the Blue - The Life and Legend of Sky King". When drones began to become popular, Tim bought an early DJI Phantom. When drone licenses were required, Tim took and passed the drone test in the first hour of the first day it was offered. He later went on to develop a series of training courses and was certified as an instructor by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, teaching first responders around the country, from Boston to Houson and from Lansing to Ft. Lauderdale.