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UAS Procedures

Procedures

All UAS flights on behalf of Georgia Southern for research purposes must follow Georgia Southern UAS policy and Flight Procedures

  • Research
    • 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. (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)
  • Education
    • 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 must be pre-approved through the GS Chief Pilot.
    • GS Pilot service
      • Send an email to drones@georgiasouthern.edu containing a description of the desired flight including times, locations and contact information.
    • Third Party Pilot:
      • Send an email to drones@georgiasouthern.edu 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.
  • Hobby
    • 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: 10/11/2019