All UAS flights on behalf of Georgia Southern for research purposes must follow Georgia Southern UAS policy and Flight Procedures
- All pilots must maintain a current FAA Part 107 remote pilot certification and GS flight check (see training and licensing procedures)
- maintain a current FAA tail number registered through the Georgia Southern University FAA account for all GS owned UAS. (see registering your UAS and/or tail number lookup)
- All pilots must follow the restriction guidelines established by the FAA for the flight conditions.
- All UAS flown must in good pre-flight condition. The Pilot must assure appropriate equipment maintenance and software/firmware updates (See preflight checklist for details)
- All flights must take place in the United States. (Flights in other countries utilizing GS equipment must be approved by the Export Control prior to departure.)
- All UAS flights must be supervised by a Georgia Southern instructor who maintains a current FAA Part 107 remote pilot certification and GS flight check (see training and licensing procedures).
- flights must be conducted by a Georgia Southern student within sight of the supervising instructor.
- all training UAS must maintain a current FAA tail number registered through the Georgia Southern University FAA account. (see registering your UAS and/or tail number lookup)
- all UAS flown must in good pre-flight condition. The instructor must assure appropriate equipment maintenance and software/firmware updates have been completed for any unit used in training. (See preflight checklist for details)
- Institutional Use- including events
- All flights on GS property must be pre-approved through the GS Chief Pilot.
- GS Pilot service
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org containing a description of the desired flight including times, locations and contact information.
- Third Party Pilot:
- Send an email to email@example.com containing a description of the desired flight including the business purpose, times and locations and, if applicable, the associated GS contact name and department/organization.
- Attach the following:
- A copy of the pilots FAA part 107 Remote Pilots Certification Operator’s License,
- Proof of a currently registered FAA tail number for the UAS intended for flight
- Proof of adequate current insurance. (Minimum required 1 million – Recommended 5 million. GS reserves the right to require higher levels of insurance based upon the scope of flight.)
- The Georgia Southern University Chief Pilot will evaluate the flight plan and make a recommendation to the Vice President for Communication and Marketing, the Georgia Southern Official authorized to approve such flights. You will receive an email response.
- Georgia Southern University Campus is currently a No Fly Zone for hobby unmanned aerial systems (drones)
- Unregulated flights
- UAS that weigh less than .55lb (250g) including all on-board equipment and attachments.
- UAS that are flown completely indoors (from take off to landing inclusive).
Important: All Georgia Southern campuses are currently a No Fly Zone for all unmanned aircraft systems. At this time, all UAS flights require presidential approval. Armstrong campus is in Hunter Army Airfield’s Class D airspace which will require a waiver or airspace authorization from the FAA to operate in that airspace.
Last updated: 6/16/2022