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PIC AND AN INFRARED DRONE
PIC used to stand for Picture. No longer, the FAA has taken it for there very own. It stands for Pilot in Command. The FAA wants every person that is going to fly commercially to be trained. Flying without an Airman Certificate is Illegal. That’s why everyone at Drone Infrared Imaging must pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test before they fly. If nothing else its gets you to think about more than just picking up a controller and taking off. There is a lot to think about, like the weather, obstacles, wind current around buildings, aircraft, line of sight, visual observer, magnetic fields, down drafts, updrafts and the like. Our ultimate goal is to be safe. An infrared drone is a very expensive proposition and believe me we don’t want anything to happen to it.
Yes we have to share airspace. The above images were taken in Class D airspace. Because the airport has a Control Tower, they had to be contacted so we could get permission to fly. It is a little bit of a hassle to actually speak to the tower, however the overall process was quite painless. They gave permission and we were able to fly.