If I make and post video to aid and promote a 501(c)3 org considered commercial by the FAA?
All my time donated...
yes, this would fall under 107. section 366 is for recreation only. Working (creating promotion material) for free/non-profit is still considered working.
Maybe you know someone with a 107 license who can accompany you?
Or is this is something you plan on doing more often, just get your 107 license yourself.
Just a question from a dumb hobby pilot,
In this situation in the OP, I understand that the FAA wants to fleece a person out of more money if they want to earn money in the air with the whole 107 thing, BUT, Say he does the shoot, with a 107 holder there, how would anybody ever know the 107 was there? Who would ask? Do 107 pilots have to submit flight data from a "commercial flights" to the FAA and report income? Does the 107 holder watermark his ID in the video or picture for proof?
Maybe it is a loose compromise in comparison to having a licensed driver in the car when you only have a learner permit, BUT If you dont need supervision by a 107 to do hobby flights anywhere in the airspace, why would you need a 107 present to do a "commercial" job only because of the potential of a few dollars being earned? Is there a finavial advisor component to the 107?
(I hate the very broad use of commercial in this case)
Dont be mad at me, I really have a hard time with these senseless government rules.
It is not a question if the 107 pilot was really there or not. It is a question of what is legal and what is not.
OP could just do the promotion video alone, without 107, and likely nobody will find out or care much. Even if people start asking questions OP could just lie. However that does not make it legal, which was what OP was asking for.
an example: There is always a small chance someone will report the flight and police show up. He could then of course claim its a 366 flight (assuming its within 366 regulations this claim, while not strictly true, can not be contested). This makes the flight legal at that time. Then later he could still give the footage to the non-profit org, but that would be illegal.
If there was a 107 pilot present there would likely be no issue as the 107 could claim responsibility for the flight (i.e. be pilot during commercial bit) and show his license to the authorities covering the legal side.