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StLSurveyor
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I have some upcoming missions that where I will be flying over some residential areas collecting images of the corridor within the ROW, but as you know folks get excited about a drone flying overhead...So does anyone have or has anyone attempted to calm the masses with notice letters that they would be willing to share? Thoughts, or experiences in this matter?

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chris mills
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With a fixed wing this is rarely a problem as it is so quiet nobody notices. However, when we are concerned we put up a few notices just before flying starts - on street lighting posts or something similar - saying we are mapping using a SUA and giving an office contact number. It is best not to say where you are or give your mobile, as otherwise you might end up with an unwanted audience. Nobody has ever responded!

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Jim Frame
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How does flying over residential areas comply with Part 107 ("Small unmanned aircraft may not operate over any persons not directly participating in the operation")?

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RADAR
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I would think a letter might attract people with shotguns...

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StLSurveyor
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Good question. That I have often wondered. But if we send them a letter stating the mission plans and offer to them that "unless they respond they are agreeing and shall be considered participants in the mission" Would that work? Also we will be really be flying over the roads but will be seeing their entire properties due to flight levels. 

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A few ideas:

Maybe a newspaper article, with a nice techno-blurb, to interest the nerds, engineers, and future drone jockies. Make it into an human interest story, and how it's been done, @ higher altitudes, in the past, with full size aircraft, and now it can be done at lower altitude, with less impact. Be sure to include pixel counts, and some accuracy numbers, and how you are saving city hall 10 billion bucks, and a bit about it, so that it will spread around, get you more business, and keep you flying. Maybe even include a few pics of an interchange. Note: do not put any pics up, that show details, that could build resistance to your endeavors. Keep it professional, and get a lawyer to give it a look before you publish.

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