Helpful Links

This is a collection of helpful links and resources for you.  If you have found something helpful that we missed, please let us know so that we can take a look at it.

 

Air Almanac – The Air Almanac is a US Government publication that publishes a number of key statistics and times.  Most important to us are the official sunrise and sunset times to know if you can operate, or if you need air navigation lights.  You can actually have it generate a table for your location (pick a decent sized city near you) here.  It’s a bit easier to use.

Phonetic Alphabet – A guide to how to communicate like a pilot using phonetic spelling and numbers to ensure that communications are clear, concise and predictable.

Other Great Sites

TheDroneGear.com writes expert reviews on drones, reports on drone industry news, and provides tips and tricks for new pilots.

JRupprechtLaw – A lawyer and pilot, Jonathan Rupprecht puts out some great information on the legal issues and concerns facing drone pilots and businesses.

Other FAA Resources

Here are some other FAA resources that are worth exploring. They can help you with what you need to know as well as provide you some official guidance on how to operate within the National Airspace System, ensure that you stay compliant or find other opportunities that you may have.

FAR Part 107 Regulations – While we have a copy of them here, you should always refer to the official copy of the regulations when you have a question.  We all work very hard to be correct, but the official source is the one you need before making a decision.

Remote Pilot Airman Certification Standards – These are the official standards from the FAA on what you need to know and be able to do in order to obtain and maintain your pilot license.  You should read this completely before taking the written test.

Aeronautical Information Manual – This is the FAA’s official guide to basic flight information and air traffic procedures. This manual contains the fundamentals required in order to fly legally in the country of origin.

Advisory Circular for Part 107 – An advisory circular is the FAA’s way of telling us how they see the regulations and how we can comply with the regulations.  It’s good guidance, if a bit dry reading, and will often drive how the FAA enforces rules.  This one is, of course, for the Part 107 regulations and covers a lot of information.

Flight Standards District Offices – This site will help you find the local Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) for the FAA.  They are the local field offices and can be very helpful if you need to report anything or need questions answered.

Weight and Balance Handbook – This is the FAA manual that describes and explains all things related to weight and balance and its impact on performance.  This is written largely for manned aircraft but the concepts are based on physics and therefore they apply to unmanned aircraft as well.

Tips for Practical Risk Management – A good summary of risk management principles presented in a coherent way.

Voluntary Best Practices for UAS Privacy, Transparency, and Accountability – Not strictly an FAA resource, but recommended by the FAA for privacy policies and strategies to follow for UAS operators.  Good thing to read and understand.  You may also have some local requirements that you need to know about.

FAA Knowledge Testing Centers – These are the testing centers available around the country where you can take the knowledge test for your certificate.  It’s best to call ahead and make an appointment.

Aviation Accident and Incident Information

This is information on how to report accidents, what you need to report and other accident related resources.  We hope you never need it, but if you do, you will need it available.

NTSB – Instructions on how to report accidents to the National Transportation Safety Board.

FAA Accident Reporting Site – The site where you can report accidents to the FAA.

NASA ASRS Form – This is where you can file a NASA Aviation Safety Report System report which allows you some level of protection in the event that you violate a regulation.