Exploring Government and Private Sector Applications of UAS-Drones in Washington State Workshop Summary

Exploring Government and Private Sector Applications of UAS-Drones in Washington State Workshop

Was Held: June 28, 2018
Clover Park Community College

Event Summary

Overview of UAS/Drone Capabilities
Tom Hagen (President Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Cascade Chapter). Drone was coined in 1930s by the Navy. Today UAS/Drone is an acknowledgement of a link with vehicle with no driver on board. Hagan envisions a fleet of UAS by 2050 in Washington. Uses will include: Agriculture to double yield, fire response/ monitoring/suppression, communication, and package delivery. WA has a good positon to be in the forefront of the industry due to our aerospace industry, 130,000 skilled workers, and advanced material manufacturing companies.

Panel I – Federal Regulatory Environment
What do local governments need to know about current and future regulation of UAS?

Moderated by Robert Hodgman (Sr. Aviation Planner WA State Dept. of Transportation Aviation Division), and Panel Scott Harris (Special Agent FAA), and Charlton Evans (Consultant EndState Solutions). Scott informed FAA covers in CFR Part 47, 48, 101, and 107 three areas: 1) where and how you fly, 2) things you fly, and 3) operator requirements. National Air Space (NAS) starts 1 inch above ground. Key elements are if you operate a drone in an air space for any purpose, you carry the requirement to comply federal, state, and local rules. All drones weighing 0.55 ounce to 55pounds need FAA registration ID. If you operated this drone for commercial purposes you need a FAA unmanned aerial vehicle pilot’s license (CFR Part 107) or COA (Certificate of Authorization). Compliance issues are: operator maintain visual line of sight, daylight flights, not over people or highways, avoid airports and flight paths, not exceed 100 m.p.h., or exceed altitude over 400 feet. COA allow variances in the above requirements. Government and official entities can operate under the FAA 107 and/or COA.

Working with legal system and government. Scott stressed when local government or other agencies write up ordinances coordinate with FAA. Banning operator is harder, but making the square of takeoff /landing larger is easier to enforce. Charlton stressed businesses coordinate with FAA to generate a trust that they meet guidelines, design insurance, and systems used are solid.