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Webinar Series – How to Apply for an Operational Waiver

The FAA is hosting a summer webinar series to help drone operators submit better waiver requests when applying for an operational waiver. During the webinars, FAA experts will address:

  • The waiver application process
  • When to apply for a waiver
  • Common waiver requests
  • Common waiver application mistakes
  • Risk management, hazard recognition, risk analysis and assessment

Each webinar is live – ask FAA experts your most pressing waiver questions! See the schedule below for topics.

Webinars are hosted through Adobe Connect. Download the Adobe Connect smartphone/tablet app or use the link provided in your registration confirmation email. Participants are encouraged to read the Adobe Connect How-To guide (PDF) ahead of the webinar

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and caps at 1,000 attendees. If you are in the drone community and want to know more about Part 107 waivers and how to apply, this free webinar series is for you.

Webinar Schedule

June 5, 2018

Where is my Waiver?
Find out what is involved in the waiver application process and learn how to apply for what you really want. Watch the webinar.

June 19, 2018

Risky Business
Successful waivers include detailed risk assessments. Learn how to identify hazards, assess the risk they pose to your operation and develop methods to reduce the identified risk. Watch the webinar.

July 10, 2018

Just the Facts
The importance of good data to support your proposed operation and safety case is key to successfully applying for a waiver. Learn why Requests for Information positively support your application, and what not to do in your safety mitigations. Watch the webinar.

July 24, 2018

The Dark Night – Part 1
This two part series will dive into the waiver application for nighttime UAS operations. FAA experts discuss The Waiver Safety Explanation Guideline (WSEG) in detail and provide guidance on how to successfully address the questions. Tips for identifying nighttime hazards and mitigation strategies will be covered. Watch Part 1.

July 26, 2018

The Dark Night – Part 2
Watch Part 2.

August 7, 2018

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Using real examples, this session reviews what a successful and unsuccessful waiver application looks like. Watch the webinar.

August 21, 2018

Beyond Visual Line of Sight
Why is this so difficult to obtain? This episode focuses on the "holy grail" of waivers. Is it impossible? No. Will it take more effort than applying for a night waiver? Definitely. Watch the webinar.

September 4, 2018

Operating Limitations: Altitude
Learn how to fly above the 400ft altitude ceiling with an operation limitation (altitude) waiver. Watch the webinar.

September 18, 2018

Operations over People
Why are there so few approvals for this waiver? In this session, we address the mitigations necessary to ensuring your operation doesn't endanger people on the ground. Watch the webinar.

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