Georgia has a long and complicated drone industry.
In fact, the state is home to a number of commercial drone companies.
But it’s not as simple as it might sound.
Here’s what you need to know to apply to be a commercial drones operator.
What is a drone?
A drone is a small, unmanned aerial vehicle that is capable of flying in low-to-mid-level weather conditions, or low- to-mid altitude.
A drone can also carry an unmanned aircraft (UAV) on its back, which makes it capable of performing surveillance and surveillance-related tasks.
What types of drones can be used in Georgia?
Commercial drones are small unmanned aircraft that are used for various commercial purposes.
These include small aircraft like helicopters, surveillance drones, and drones for aerial surveying and aerial photography.
What are the criteria to be licensed?
The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) requires that commercial drone operators use a drone that is certified to meet the requirements of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
Applicants must meet the FAA’s FAA-approved criteria and submit a plan to demonstrate that their drone meets the requirements.
What kinds of drones are available?
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is the state agency that licenses commercial drones in Georgia.
Commercial drones must be operated in Georgia with GPS tracking technology that can take pictures of objects.
Commercial drone operators must have at least three years of FAA-certified experience in a similar type of aircraft.
How do I apply for my commercial drone operator license?
Applicants can submit an application for a drone operator’s license through GDOT.
The application is available online.
If you have an existing drone operator certificate, you must apply for another one.
The FAA will approve your application, if it meets the FAA criteria.
How long will I be able to operate a commercial unmanned aircraft?
It is possible to operate commercial drones from your home, but not from your business.
The duration of your license depends on your location and the FAA approval criteria.
Commercial operators can operate drones up to 200 feet (65 meters) above ground level, and can operate for up to 90 days per year.
The maximum period of time an FAA-authorized commercial drone can be operated is six months.
Can I take my drone with me to a wedding?
You must have a drone licence to fly a commercial UAV.
However, a drone can fly to the wedding venue without a drone.
Can a commercial operator fly from outside the state?
Yes, a commercial pilot is able to fly from anywhere in the United States to operate drones in the state of Georgia.
You can also fly drones to other states in the country.
Can the FAA issue a commercial license to someone who is already licensed?
Commercial license holders can operate a drone from outside of the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
What kind of licenses are available for drone operators?
You can apply for your drone operator licence online.
To be considered, you need a commercial flight operator certificate.
You also need to demonstrate you have the experience needed to fly drones safely and competently.
Can commercial drones be operated from Georgia?
Yes and no.
Commercial flight operators can fly drones in most states in all climates and weather conditions.
But commercial drones must comply with the FAA approved criteria and provide flight plans.
Commercial pilots can operate commercial UASs in Georgia but they are not allowed to fly them from their home or business.
Commercial UAS pilots must have the necessary FAA training and certifications.
Do I need to have a pilot’s license in order to operate my drone?
No, you do not need to be an FAA certified pilot to operate your drone.
Commercial operations from Georgia to other parts of the world are permitted.
Commercial flights do not require a pilot certificate.
Commercial and recreational drone operators in Georgia can fly UAVs in all weather conditions and from any location in the world.
Commercial Drone Pilot Program Georgia has partnered with Georgia State University to help commercial drone pilots apply for their commercial drone pilot licenses.
Georgia State is a member of the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) and has an active commercial drone program.
GIT offers a pilot training program for its students and instructors.
Applications for commercial drone licenses in Georgia must be submitted electronically through the Georgia State website.
Applicators who wish to become a commercial aviation pilot in Georgia need to complete the Commercial Aviation Pilot Program in Georgia application.
The Commercial Aviation Pilots Permit (CAPP) is a FAA-regulated certification that provides pilots with the knowledge and experience necessary to operate UAV from Georgia.
Can Georgia drone operators fly in the U.S.?
Yes, Georgia drones can fly from Georgia and other states across the United State.
Applicable UAS operating restrictions vary by state.
You should check with the relevant state and federal authorities before flying drones.
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