Instructional Material: Introduction to UAVs

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The Primary Instructional Resource for this Lesson is TPP UAV Training Program Part 1:  Lesson 1

Note: As currently laid out, the TPP course is structured with a scope and sequence that logically follows the needs for a Part 107 (commercial drone operations) overview course.  However, we will be using their lessons out-of-sequence in some cases for our recreational drone operations over school propery based course.  The TPP site does not allow one to advance to a subsequent lesson until the quiz for the current lesson is successfully completed, which make skipping ahead or out-of-sequence awkward.  However, if your browser is set to accept cookies and you run through the course/quizzes once, you may then choose "Resume" and then use the "Menu" tab in the upper-right to resume at any point already completed.

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UPDATE: In October 2018, congress passed the FAA Re-authorization Act which repealed the Section 336 exemption under which recreational UAVs had operated.  The new rules were not in effect yet as the FAA needed time to implement these. In mid-May 2019, the FAA announced the beginning of this process:
https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=93769

and the new rules are summarized on this FAA webpage:
 
The TPP Video pre-dates these changes, so some of the details presented are no longer correct. Please review these, but here are the key take-aways:
 
Registration
Recreational pilots are required to register any UAV weighing over 0.55lb if you fly OUTDOORS:
 
One NEW item is that your registration number must be on the outside of the aircraft, whereas previously you could put your number inside the battery compartment:
 
You are also required to carry proof of your registration with you.
 
Airspace Restrictions
BIG changes here.
The Bad News - teachers who do not have their Part 107 UAV Pilot License are now effectively grounded in controlled airspace. Use this map to identify controlled airspace in your area:
 
The numbers inside each box within the controlled airspace show the maximum altitude a UAV may fly in that area. HOWEVER, you must now have AUTHORIZATION to fly in these areas (not just provide notification to the airport as in the past) and currently the online authorization system (LAANC) is only available to Part 107 licensed pilots, not recreational users/teachers.  This is supposed to change by the end of the summer 2019, but until then, almost all controlled airspace is off limits to recreational users.  Once the LAANC system is updated for recreational users, the map above shows you the maximum altitude you will be able to fly at your school (likely by the fall of 2019).
 
Note: the B4UFLY App has now been updated with these changes as of fall 2019.
 
The Good News - While authorization is now required in controlled airspace, the NOTIFICATION requirement in uncontrolled airspace has been ELIMINATED.  This means the 5 miles notification rings around every uncontrolled or private airport/heliport is no longer in effect.  You must, however, always follow the Recreational UAV Rules:
 
but you no longer need to notify airports outside those on the controlled airspace map above.
 
Aeronautical Knowledge Test
 
As expected, recreational UAV flyers (including your students) will be required to pass an aeronautical and safety test before they fly a UAV weighing over 0.55lb outdoors.  The study guide and online test are under development, so these are not yet required, but likely will be within the next school year.  Stay tuned.
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