Emergency Drone Operations

This page is dedicated to public safety drone operators.

Nighttime Operations: Legal Requirements

If you took your Part 107 exam after April 6, 2021 you are qualified to operate at night with the following requirements:

  1. Use of anti collision lighting visible for up to 3 statute miles.
  2. You fly the aircraft within line of sight.

Any pilots that took their part 107 exam before April 6th would be required to go through the FAA’s online training and take an online exam. This is all free of charge but does require you to print off a copy of the renewal certificate and keep it with you.

Click here to view all the information you need for pilots who took their exam before April 6th, 2021 and how they can obtain the updated certificate to operate at night.

Anti-collision lighting

The strobe on the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise does meet the 3 statute mile visibility requirement however, if the accessory port on your Mavic is otherwise occupied by another accessory (light the searchlight or speaker) you can purchase an add-on strobe from my online store that can be used in conjunction with the other accessories.

Waivers: Special Government Interest

If you ever need to get emergency authorizations or waivers of another rule under Part 107, there is an emergency waiver you can complete and submit to the FAA. This is called the SGI (special government interest) An example would be flying beyond line of sight. Here is a link to that process. View FAA Emergency Situations here.

Flying within an area designated by a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR)

The FAA explains that “TFRs are not issued lightly as they impact operations in the National Airspace.” There is an advisory circular on the subject:

TFR Advisory Circular AC-91-63D

If you need to operate in a TFR, please contact the Systems Operations Support Center at 202-267-8276 or email: 9-ATOR-HQ-SOSC@faa.gov

Section 2. Temporary Flight Restrictions in the Vicinity of Disaster/Hazard Areas (14 CFR Section 91.137)

To request a TFR, contact the System Operations Support Center (SOSC) at (202) 267-8276 to obtain approval for TFRs requested for law enforcement activities.

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Unlocking Geo Restrictions

DJI has incorporated a geofencing technology into their drones to prevent flights in controlled airspace near airports, correctional facilities, special use airspace and other restricted areas. Commercial drone pilots should use this link: DJI Fly Safe Self Unlocking (per use)

Government agencies who need to operate regularly in these areas can request an unlock through DJI’s online portal. You will be asked to submit documentation on your agency’s letterhead. Qualified Entities Program Application

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