Part 107 Was Slightly Updated – Here Are the Changes.


Part 107 Reading Pain

Part 107 Reading Pain

(June 24, 2016) – Read Part 107?  Well, the FAA just updated it.

This is part of an overall Part 107 blog series.

Everyone went crazy and jumped on the 624 page document that was released by the FAA located here on June 21st. This large document caused us much anguish as we rapidly read to the end. Well, the first 107 you read…..was updated. The FAA released their Federal Register version located here. But have no fear for have I found the minor updates!

Most of the changes are minor such as § to Section or part to Part. It was interesting to note that the table of contents on page 597 does not list 107.64, but is included. I guess someone forgot to hit the update button on the list?

The title of § 107.39 “Operation over people” was changed to “Operation over human beings.” The FAA explained why they made this distinction in footnote 97 of the old and new, “Title 14 CFR section 1.1 defines ‘person’ as ‘an individual, firm, partnership, corporation, company, association, joint-stock association, or governmental entity. It includes a trustee, receiver, assignee, or similar representative of any of them.’ Because the term ‘person’ is defined in 14 CFR 1.1, part 107 uses the term ‘human being’ in the regulatory text to capture only an individual human being. For readability, the preamble uses the terms ‘person’ and ‘human being’ interchangeably.” However, in 107.205, the FAA forgot to change the title of 107.39 and it still says “Operations over people.”

Two Other Interesting Things About Part 107

I noticed two things about the numbering. If you go to the list on 597, you’ll see most of the regulations end in odd numbers. This is done intentionally to allow for expandability by creating new regulation sections in the even numbers right next to the old. Here is a list of those with even numbers:  107.12, 107.36, 107.64, 107.74, and 107.200.

The second thing I noticed was that certain odd sections were missing. 107.55, 107.75, 107.201, and 107.203. 107.75 was “Military Pilots or former military pilots.”

Have you noticed how this is like some weird drone CSI Miami post? I want to make sure my loyal readers are kept up to date. As always guys, fly safe and when hiring a drone attorney, don’t hire a poser- hire a pilot.

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