"Special Security Instructions" for Drone Operators have been issued at the request of U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 –

The FAA and DOI have agreed to restrict drone flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of these sites:

• Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NY
• Boston National Historical Park (U.S.S. Constitution), Boston, MA
• Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, PA
• Folsom Dam; Folsom, CA
• Glen Canyon Dam; Lake Powell, AZ
• Grand Coulee Dam; Grand Coulee, WA
• Hoover Dam; Boulder City, NV
• Jefferson National Expansion Memorial; St. Louis, MO
• Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Keystone, SD
• Shasta Dam; Shasta Lake, CA

The restrictions will be effective October 5, 2017. There are only a few exceptions that permit drone flights within these restrictions, and they must be coordinated with the individual facility and/or the FAA.

To ensure the public is aware of these restricted locations, the FAA has created an interactive map online. The link to these restrictions is also included in the FAA’s B4UFLY mobile app. The app will be updated within 60 days to reflect these airspace restrictions.

Additional information, including frequently asked questions, is available on the FAA’s UAS website.

Operators who violate the airspace restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges.

This is the first time the agency has placed airspace restrictions for unmanned aircraft, or “drones,” over DOI landmarks. The FAA has placed similar airspace restrictions over military bases that currently remain in place.

The FAA is considering additional requests from other federal agencies for restrictions using the FAA’s § 99.7 authority as they are received.

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John and Martha talk flying with Al Malberg from the World of Aviation. Listen in as John talks about regaining his medical and getting proficient again. John and Martha also discuss their concerns about the privatization of ATC.

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Calling Flight Instructors - It's time to apply for the NAFI/King Schools Scholarship. You must be a NAFI member to apply. LEarn more at http://www.kingschools.com/nafinet/king-schools-nafi-scholarship-information.asp

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John and Martha King of King Schools will participate in a networking and social event for drone enthusiasts, and those who are simply curious, on July 27 at 5:30 PM during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Drone Social will include a safety and airspace integration panel discussion moderated by Kat Swain,#AOPA senior director of unmanned aircraft programs. Food, drinks, and conversations will follow. There is no additional charge beyond AirVenture admission, but attendees are asked to register in advance here https://tinyurl.com/oshdrones

John and Martha will also be speaking at EAA AirVenture 2017 on the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) and how it will improve risk management for pilots. This talk will be held at the #NAFI Professional Development Center (PDC) at #OSH17 on July 27th from 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM Flight Instructors are encouraged to attend!

When you are flying with passengers - communication is key. Keeping your passengers informed is an important element with any flight. Let them know your expected flight time, your expected time of arrival, the temperature at the destination and let them know the flight conditions; if you may be expecting turbulence, inform your passengers. For the nervous passenger, the unexpected shake and toss is far worse then knowing what may happen.

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If you plan to operate a #drone for commercial reasons, work or business, you must obtain an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate. In order to receive your Remote Pilot License, you must take the FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Drone Knowledge Test at an FAA Certified Testing Center. Buy your King Schools Drone Test Prep course today and get your Remote Pilot Certification. www.kingschools.com/ground-school/drone-pilot/courses/written?sco=WB&scu=GPLUS

Pilots holding a certificate issued under 14 CFR Part 61 and have successfully completed a flight review within the previous 24 months, can fulfill this requirement by completing the Part 107 online training course at www.faasafety.gov.

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King Schools is proud to congratulate Rich Martindell, Vice President, Course Content & Experience, as the recipient of the coveted Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61. This award is named after the Wright Brothers, the first US pilots, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as "Master Pilots".
Rich was a USAF fighter pilot and instructor in both the F-4 and F-15. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, five Meritorious Service Medals, 11 Air Medals, and three Combat Readiness Medals. Rich is the VP of Course Content and Experience for the King Schools, and is the Lead Representative of the FAA Safety Team in San Diego, having won the FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year Award in 2016.
We are honored to have Rich as part of the King Schools team!
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