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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Unmanned Aircraft Systems also known as Drones have become increasingly popular as an effective tool for research, building maintenance, photography, and safety operations as just a few examples. Office of Innovation Technology (IT) serves as the Drone Support Unit for the City and provides support to staff and vendors to achieve their flight mission goals while complying with Federal, State and City regulations.
Before you Begin
The following items are required prior to flying Drones for the City as a vendor or over City owned properties (such as City Hall, the Police Department, Parks, Public Works facilities, etc.):
- The pilot much have their FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate.
- The pilot must have already registered their drone with the FAA (to receive a certificate number for the drone).
- The pilot must have General Liability Insurance.
- The pilot must have or obtain drone flight insurance (either per flight or on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis).
Note: It is advised to have these above items in place and to then submit your pilot and drone information to be registered in our system. Doing this well in advance of any planned drone flight missions will expedite the time it will take for any specific flight mission review.
Step #1: The pilot has to first register their information and information about their drone unit via this link.
Step #2: Each drone flight mission must be pre-approved by the COHB Drone Support Unit by submitting a Flight Request at least 5 business days before the proposed flight via this link.
The COHB Drone Unit will provide permission for each flight mission requested only after an internal review of required documentation and flight plan. The flight mission may be denied based on various factors including matters of security, other events happening at the same location, or weather conditions, as some examples.
The Drone Support Unit will advise of their decision in their response as well as ways to contact them for more information.
Please submit your flight plan as early as possible. At a minimum, allow five business days for processing flight plan requests.
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