As a U.S. citizen, I have to abide by the laws of my country; As a drone operator, I have to abide by the rules of the FAA, just like anybody else. Yesterday I was at a wedding in New York when I found out President Trump was venturing to his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey for a 17 day vacation. Along the way, he brought an amazing Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) that is stopping me and many other people from flying with in a 30 NM radius of his location.
I understand that this is my president, and I do respect that. As such a high up, Trump needs all the security he can get when traveling and being somewhere. I know that he travels to more places than just New Jersey, but wherever he goes, there is a TFR for a certain duration of time. This has happened before for about 2–4 days which isn't the end of the world, that is only a few days. However, a 17-day vacation that he decides to randomly take that creates a TFR spreading throughout a solid portion of New Jersey is a little ridiculous to me. Yesterday I was really fired up searching for some sort of solution but realized there probably isn't one.
After learning a thing or two about airspace after taking the Part 107, I understand that these rules are in place for a reason. I am not writing this just because it affects me, but because it affects everyone else in my field who does this for a living/hobby.
I am really annoyed that this TFR is out there because for the next two weeks, I will not be able to fly my drone for any reason, whether it be work or personal, in a large portion of New Jersey. At this point, I would have to say 85 percent of my jobs are aerial jobs. I fly my drone to shoot real estate literally on a daily basis doing anywhere between 2–5 houses a day on average and up to about 20 a week if it is that busy. Now maybe that doesn't sound like a lot to some people, maybe it does, but numbers aside for over two weeks I cannot fly. I cannot do what most of my jobs require me to do and even worse, I can't even fly for my own personal self unless I venture out of that space.
I am not the exception though, this goes for anyone out there who is looking to fly, anyone out there who is just like me. This hurts all of us and there really doesn't seem to be any sort of solution at the time, unless this gets in front of Trump. If he realizes that people can't work because of this, then the FAA would have to lessen the restrictions on the TFR. But what are the chances of that actually happening?
So in these next 17 days, I and many others will mourn because we cannot work in this specific part of New Jersey. Instead, we will have to venture outside of that airspace to shoot our own personal content and do any sort of commercial work.
The rules/laws are still very new and all of us have to follow them, so this article is to raise awareness that TFRs are hurting jobs for a lot of drone operators out there. We can take the time to catch up on other things, make sure our aircrafts are in good shape, and be ready to work when the TFR ends. The 17 days hurts so much for me, my clients (if they even understand), and everyone else who owns a drone. I'd like to hear some thoughts or solutions on this topic if anyone would like to comment.