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Flying classified airspace for charities

Paul Danis

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The crux of the question is a charity considered a business? Specifically furtherance of a business. I have a charity that is right at the edge of a class D airspace and I do not have the authorization in that space. As a charity, can I fly if I’m not making money for it? They plan to use the images for marketing and fund raising.

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In UK law, charity work is still 'valuable consideration'... therefore yes, a licence IS needed. Charities don't always get a pass, and rightly so imo... people and events are still in proximity and therefore safety is a primary consideration.
 
The crux of the question is a charity considered a business? Specifically furtherance of a business. I have a charity that is right at the edge of a class D airspace and I do not have the authorization in that space. As a charity, can I fly if I’m not making money for it? They plan to use the images for marketing and fund raising.

Love thoughts.


Charity is a business from an FAA standpoint. If the flight is not 100% for your own personal enjoyment then it defaults to Part 107 rules.
 
They plan to use the images for marketing and fund raising.


That is considered for business.
However, If I were ever approached by a charity to take some basic images, I would do so probably for very little or for free. Now if it were in controlled airspace that would change things.
Maybe you could reach out to a local 107 operator and ask if they wouldn't mind taking a look at your situation and possibly being your PIC, tell them what you intend to do and maybe you will find one that can help you out.
 

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