My (possibly incorrect) understanding is that the FAA does not approve zero-grid requests from recreational flyers, so that would explain the initial denial, I think.I only passed my Part 107 Exam last month and have not yet received my actual license. As you can see in the overlay map I included earlier of my "turf" it does not show that the Class D airspace that almost completely encompasses the entire peninsula that I live on with Langley AFB, Patrick Henry International Airport, and Fort Eustis and its field (Helicopters…).
At this moment, I have over 10 approved authorizations (the FAA uses the same form for both a waiver and an authorization…) from the FAA to fly in the various parks, around the area. A while back, when I was still a Recreational Pilot, I requested permission to fly my drone around my property, not to exceed 50'. I live on the very western edge of a zero altitude zone. I can fly my drone up to 400' in the street in front of my home, but if I land in my driveway, I'm back in the "Drone Taxi Zone…"
I included the information that my property has six maple trees that exceed 100' and I will not approach the height of the trees.
The FAA disapproved my request as they said they did not believe that I could complete the flight safely.
I did not pursue the issue as I had planned to acquire my Part 107 License and then apply for commercial purposes (roof inspections and real estate photos…) and decided that the fight would only muddy the waters when I applied to fly with the license…
A while back, I posted a question to see if any Licensed 107 Commercial Pilots had ever applied to fly within the Washington DC NFZ. I have got to believe that the huge almost 3,000 square mile area around DC has had no commercial drone activity for roof inspection, construction inspection, real estate photos, etc… However, I received no replies either way, approved or disapproved…
Just a quick question about getting an Authorization or Waiver through the FAADroneZone under Part 107 to fly in a No Fly Zone, like the one that circles Washington DC. A new member, who just got their Part 107 lives in Fairfax, VA and it is inside the NOTAM No Fly Zone around Washington DC and...mavicpilots.com
When I do receive my license, I will apply to fly in my neighborhood and I will for "S%#ts and Grins" apply to perform a roof inspection at some address in the outlying areas of the NFZ.
Wish me Luck…
Regarding the DC question, I know of government agencies doing drone detection testing in the FRZ, but I would be surprised if anyone outside of like a big Hollywood production would ever get approval. I look at a fair amount of home listings (just because I'm a homeowner here and like to look at what else is out there) and have NEVER seen a drone photo, so it's certainly not common even if it is possible. Most commercial overflight stuff is done by plane or helicopter AFAIK. The National Park Service just did a bunch of filming at the Capitol a few weeks ago and they did it with a helicopter...which, given how expensive that would be, I have to assume that the onerous approval process was a factor for not using a drone (in addition to things like getting their pilots flight time, etc...).