DSPA Offers Game-Changing Guidance on FAA Drone Waiver Applications

The Drone Service Providers Alliance (DSPA) has made a significant move in the world of unmanned aerial systems by releasing crucial information on how to apply for 107.39/107.145 waivers, for drone operations over people and moving vehicles (OOP/OOMV). This release marks a pivotal moment for drone enthusiasts and professionals, enabling broader operational capabilities while maintaining safety standards.

The backstory of this development involves Vic Moss, a notable figure in the drone community. While flying his Pro indoors at the 's XPONENTIAL event in Denver, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) encouraged Vic to apply for an OOP Waiver using the drone.

Vic Moss' 107.39/107.145 waiver application and process

Following a successful application, Vic was granted the waiver on August 15, 2023, a landmark achievement as it was the first of its kind specifically for the DJI Mini 3, valid until the end of 2027.

Vic's waiver application process wasn't without its hurdles. It involved rectifying a mathematical error and clarifying certain aspects of the application.

The FAA's response to Vic's application was notably encouraging, indicating an interest in creating a memo that would not only approve his operation but also streamline the process for similar applications in the future.

This approach suggests the FAA's willingness to relax OOP requirements, provided they receive sufficient data from waiver applications.

One key requirement of the waiver is submitting monthly reports to the FAA for flights conducted under it. This data collection is essential for the FAA to consider relaxing the current 107.39 and 107.145 requirements.

For those interested in obtaining this waiver, the DSPA has provided reference materials and a video tutorial. It's important to note that this waiver specifically applies to the DJI Mini 3 Pro with OEM DJI prop cages.

Vic has also submitted an amendment request for the Pro, which includes changes like removing the NOTAM requirement and lowering the minimum altitude over people.

Applicants are advised to include drones like the DJI Mini 3 Pro or DJI Mini 4 Pro in their applications, with the understanding that they need to conduct their own kinetic energy calculations for drones other than the Mini 3 Pro.

The DSPA emphasizes the importance of crafting unique waiver applications and not merely copying existing ones to ensure that each application reflects thoughtful and safe operational planning.

In essence, obtaining this waiver can significantly expand operational possibilities, as evidenced by Vic's experiences flying over high-profile events like Division 1 Football games and the Las Vegas Strip.

This development by the DSPA is a leap forward for the , offering new opportunities while underscoring the importance of safety and regulatory compliance​​.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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