Do You Need a Visual Observer? – Remote Pilot 101

Do You Need a Visual Observer? – Remote Pilot 101


[Music] Are you required to have a visual observer? Hey RemotePilot101, Jason here & that’s a question we get asked, often, by our RemotePilot101 fanbase & customer base. A visual observer is really a second set of eyes. It’s not required, it’s actually considered optional by the FAA, but it is so helpful. Think about it, we’re all about increasing situational awareness we’re all about improving safety, and a visual observer, although not required by the FAA for a good part of our missions, it is required by us, in house. Because you want take what the FAA gives us with regulations and add on to them, to make our operations even safer, here. Simply increase situational awareness. Now, I do believe a visual observer, they need to be trained, you can’t just pull anybody off the street and say hey watch this. Right, that’s a set-up for disaster here. We learn so much in our initial and our recurrent test, about CRM Crew Resource Management, how well we work together as a crew, you can’t just pull someone off the streets and expect them to fit perfectly in your crew and know what’s happening, I believe a visual observer should be trained, preferably they are a remote pilot themselves, we’re just swapping whose at the controls this time, and who is the extra set of eyes so they can speak the language and really work together, because situations where I must have a visual observer, at least in my book, again not required by the FAA but often times required by Jason, let’s say, some of those situations are things like when I’m near obstacles or terrain, we don’t get much terrain in Florida, but flying somewhere you get some terrain or what about just operating in close proximity to some airspace as well? These are all great times to have visual observers So what are some other instances, or how are you using visual observers in your every day operations? I’d love to read that, in the comment section below this video. Hey, don’t forget, if you didn’t win the Mavic last month, well, we’re giving away another Mavic 2 Pro, November First, is the day we announce that, you can sign up at the link that’s on the screen right now, link is also in the description, also on November 1st, we’re doing another great VFR sectional chart quiz live, I’m going to show you a sectional chart you’ll see me live here in the studio, I’m going to ask the actual questions, I’m going to give you instant feed back on why that’s the right answer, why that’s not exactly the best answer to use. Then at the end, we’re going to give away the Mavic and some more great RemotePilot101 gear, that’s November the 1st, at 7p.m. EST Add it to your calendar, links are in the description of this video, as well, but can’t wait to read your comments about the visual observer and we’ll be back next week with some more great content.

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  1. Hey there, have enjoyed the course and am excited to knock out my 107, and quickly here!

    My handicap is that I literally uprooted myself from where I’d lived and worked for MANY years and moved out of state.

    Now where I live I lack the luxury of having a visual observer; I don’t hardly know anyone here, nor do I have the funds and means to legally hire anyone.

    Perhaps I should currently focus on some of the lower hanging fruit, ie real estate jobs until I can build my business….??

  2. I have been flying for 6 years. I use an observer all the time during commercial shoots. You just don't know when you are going to need them, but when you do you need them now. It's just to hard to watch the screen and keep track of the drone to know where it is at.

  3. Thank you for the clarification on this topic. Trying to nail down all the details (ie. mandatory vs not mandatory). Thanks for the great training program. Passed the 107 using your course!

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