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Drone Webinar Series: How to Apply for an Operational Waiver

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Starting on June 5th, 2018, the FAA will host a webinar series about the waiver application process.

FAA experts will address:

  • The waiver application process

  • When to apply for a waiver and which provisions of the Small UAS Rule, Part 107 are subject to waiver

  • Common mistakes that lead to a denial of your application

  • Risk management, hazard recognition, risk analysis and assessment

Webinar Schedule:

June 5, 2018, 1 PM ET - Where is my waiver?

It’s the question everyone is asking! Find out what is involved in the waiver application process and learn how to apply for what you really want.

June 19, 2018, 1 PM ET - Risky Business

Successful waivers include detailed risk assessments. Learn how to identify hazards, assess the risk they pose to your operation and develop methods to reduce the identified risk.

July 10, 2018, 1 PM ET - Just the Facts

The importance of good data to support your proposed operation and safety case is key to successfully applying for a waiver. Learn why Requests for Information positively support your application, and what not to do in your safety mitigations.

July 24, 2018, 1 PM ET - The Dark Night – Part 1

July 26, 2018, 1 PM ET - The Dark Night – Part 2

This two part series will dive into the waiver application for nighttime UAS operations. FAA experts discuss The Waiver Safety Explanation Guideline (WSEG) in detail and provide guidance on how to successfully address the questions. Tips for identifying nighttime hazards and mitigation strategies will be covered.

August 7, 2018, 1 PM ET - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Using real examples, this session reviews what a successful and unsuccessful waiver application looks like.

August 21, 2018, 1 PM ET - Beyond Visual Line of Sight

Why is this so difficult to obtain? This episode focuses on the “holy grail” of waivers. Is it impossible? No. Will it take more effort than applying for a night waiver? Definitely.

September 4, 2018, 1 PM ET - Operating Limitations: Altitude

Learn how to fly above the 400ft altitude ceiling with an operation limitation (altitude) waiver.

September 18, 2018, 1 PM ET - Operations over people

Why are there so few approvals for this waiver? In this session, we address the mitigations necessary to ensuring your operation doesn’t endanger people on the ground.

Each webinar is live, so attendees will have the opportunity to interact with FAA experts and ask questions about the application process.

Webinar Format:

  • Webinar sessions are hosted in audio and visual format via Adobe Connect

  • Participants must either download the Adobe Connect iOS/Android App or use the link provided in your registration confirmation email

  • Participants are encouraged to read the Adobe Connect How-To-Guide ahead of the webinar

  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis, and caps at 1,000 attendees


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