It depends on what the intent of the flight was at the time the flight was undertaken. If those flights were done with the intent of selling photos, simply getting a 107 at a later date doesn't make those earlier flights "legal".
It was not my intent to belabor or confuse the issue. I also plan to get my 107 solely so I can say iDidn't mean to stir up a hornets nest. Merely now that I'm considering getting a 107 license, "technically" would I be allowed to sell photos pre-107? I'm not contemplating getting a 107 merely to be able to sell photos in the future but as I began to plan about it my mind wondered about the "legality" of pre-107 photos. Sure POON-DOG, who is going to take the time to persecute and prosecute someone for a couple of bucks earned pre-107. I was "just asking for a friend." Case closed.
Well Said sir Al.In most basic or terms....
- A) if the photos were taken legitimately for your own personal recreation then you are perfectly legal to do with them "later" as you please. The INTENT at the time of the flight is what matters to the FAA. You did not INTEND to take the pics for profit so it was recreational. Later you (or someone else) sees a value in your pictures and you are legally able to sell them.
- B) If there is/was a question about you "being legal now" ..... once you have your Part 107 you have demonstrated you now know/understand that law and that you intend (From a piece of paper point of view) you are following the law going forward
- C) The odds of it ever coming into question are minimal at best
Go get your Part 107 and enjoy selling your work and making some $$ while having fun.
There are no areas that should only be flown by 107 holders (without getting inti flight requiring waivers of the standard conditions).I suppose the reasoning behind the commercial use of photography requiring 107 is so that a whole lot of people don't make a habit of it and fly in areas/ways that should be performed by a 107 pilot.
I know I'm not explaining myself well, but hopefully most get the idea.
That's a hypothetical question guaranteed to get you some extreme answers and strong opinions from a few hardline posters.
You didn't and don't need your 107 to sell photos taken recreationally before you got your 107. You were already able to do so.
Well said.There are no areas that should only be flown by 107 holders (without getting inti flight requiring waivers of the standard conditions).
107/non-107 flyers can fly in the same areas
And there are no particular areas that commercial photography is done in anyway.
The reasoning has nothing to do with photography.
It's just that the FAA can only see drone flying through their real plane flying glasses.
To fly a real plane commercially requires a higher qualification than flying privately.
So the FAA feel that you need a higher qualification to fly your drone commercially.
Prior to Part 107, they wanted a real plane licence to fly 20 feet high and take some real estate drone pix of a house.
Actually, the ansewer to the age old question " how many angles can dance on the head of a pin" is obvious. The ansewer is "All of them". The question that alwayses causes me to ponder is, If after you die are you going to hevan and is that the same place you were before you were born??That's a hypothetical question guaranteed to get you some extreme answers and strong opinions from a few hardline posters.
You may as well ask how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?:
Or .. As Bart Simpson asked, can a robot with a human brain go to heaven?
“The ventriloquist goes to heaven, but the dummy doesn’t.” – Sunday School Teacher “Oh oh oh, me!” – Bart Simpson “Bart.” – Sunday School Teacher “What about a robot with a human brain?” – Bart Sim…deadhomersociety.com
The point is that the debate is a pointless one.
Get your 107, sell whatever images you can find buyers for and don't worry about it.
Not selling past images won't do anything at all toward aviation safety.
And if so, will we dance on the head of a pin?Actually, the ansewer to the age old question " how many angles can dance on the head of a pin" is obvious. The ansewer is "All of them". The question that alwayses causes me to ponder is, If after you die are you going to hevan and is that the same place you were before you were born??