In 2015 the Federal Aviation Administration published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the operation and certification of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS). In an effort to inform the conservation community about the rulemaking and how it relates to our work, OFWIM hosted an April 6 webinar presented by Joe Falconer, CEO of Aerial Data Systems and a FAA-certified commercial flight instructor with lots of flight experience. The presentation and supporting documents are provided here:
- OFWIM & Drones – How to Stay Out of Trouble
- FAA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
- Unmanned Aerial Systems Fact Sheet
Further information about this rulemaking will be posted here as it becomes available.
Background on UAS
During our 2014 Annual meeting in Flagstaff, AZ, we heard from Michael W. Shafer, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Northern Arizona University, and Temuulen “Teki” Sankey, Northern Arizona University, along with some of our own OFWIM members about the possible usefulness of “drones” in the work that we all do to manage and conserve natural resources. During that conference session, we also heard about the numerous challenges facing conservation organizations when trying to develop data collection and project monitoring programs using drones.