Flight Procedures

All UAS flights on behalf of Georgia Southern University, MUST follow the following flight procedures:

Flight Planning
  • Obtain an Outlook weather briefing
  • Determine location by using available tools
  • File a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen: 1-877-487-6867) at least 24 hours in advance but no more than 72 hours in advance. To file a NOTAM, you must have the following information: latitude and longitude of flight location in DMS (degrees, minutes, seconds), flight radius in nautical miles, closest airport, distance (in nautical miles) and direction from closest airport, time range (in Zulu), contact phone number, company name (Georgia Southern University), and operating initials (GSU).
  • Request Pre-Flight authorization from the Office of Research Integrity.
  • Charge batteries for aircraft, control system, and equipment
Preflight
  • Have a copy of the operator’s Georgia Southern UAS License and Section 107 Certificate on hand during flight
  • Obtain Weather Briefing and check NOTAMS and TFRs
  • Brief all Observers and Participants
  • All flights must have a licensed observer
  • Verify NOTAM was filed and authorization granted
    • Permission from landowner (Including campus)
    • Permission to fly in airspace (if needed)
  • Aircraft Manufacturers Preflight Checklist
  • Battery Voltages Adequate on all Equipment Needed
Flight
  • Don’t fly over spectators
  • Stay below 400’ AGL or below NOTAM
  • Maintain Visual Line of Sight
  • Communicate on CTAF (Common Traffic Advisory Frequency)
  • Announce position at the beginning and end of flight
    • Eg., Statesboro Traffic, UAS N693YG is operating 6 miles north west of the airport below 400’ AGL.
    • Make announcements upon seeing other aircraft in the vicinity
  • Monitor Battery Levels
  • Land before reaching 25%
Flight Log

This information MUST be reported to the Office of Research Integrity within 12 hours following the flight. Failure to report your flight could result in the suspension of your Georgia Southern UAS flight license and/or further disciplinary action.

  • Flight Date
  • Pilot Name
  • UAS Tail Number
  • Location (including City, Latitude, and longitude)
  • Number of flights (a flight is defined as a single takeoff and landing)
  • Total Operational minutes
  • Damage during takeoff or landing
  • Equipment Malfunctions
  • Lost Link events (# and duration)
Post Flight
  • Log flight time in system
    • Use online system to report flights. These are reported to the FAA.
    • Log time in Pilot’s Log Book
    • Log time in Aircraft’s Log Book
  • Store aircraft and batteries
  • Debrief Flight Team

 

UAS Flight Checklist

Last updated: 7/5/2017

Office of Research Integrity • PO Box 8005, Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5465 • irb@georgiasouthern.edu