Training A Drone Spotter
Hello all, I've just started working with a company that does a lot of drone videography.
According to the laws in our state we require a 'drone spotter' while operating in certain areas.
They plan for me to start working as a spotter, so I wanted to train myself a bit, but can't find anything related to my requirements or how to do it well (I assume the basics are "Make sure they don't hit anything").
Any recommendations of what makes a good spotter, or materials you can send my way?
Producer working in NorCal and Nashville
A visual observer (as they are known by FAA regulations) must adhere to the same guidelines as the Pilot in Command (PIC).
From VLOS (§107.27) and VO (§107.33)
The aircraft must always be within visual line-of-sight (VLOS) of:
Visual Observers should always be in communication with the PIC....if they are not standing side-by-side, then use of radios would be necessary. Some of the key responsibilities of the Visual Observer:
Bottom line, you're right, it is applying a lot of common sense in ensuring the safe flight of your sUAS operation. The visual observer's role is to "See and Avoid" and maintain a lookout for other potential hazards that may affect the safety of flight.