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FAA PART 107 RULES FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES.

There are two FAA-sanctioned regulatory frameworks that Public Agencies can operate under: Part 107 and Certificates of Authorization. There are advantages to both frameworks, but Darley Company recommends that all public safety operations establish their drone programs under a Certificate of Authorization when possible.

Part 107 Civil Aircraft Rules

  • Categorized as "Civil Aircraft Operations"
  • Liability/responsibility may fall on individual pilot
  • Allows for daytime flight ONLY
  • Must get permission to fly in B, C, D and E airspace for each flight
  • Allows for operation under 400' AGL
  • Allows for operation within visual line of sight of the operator

Training/Application Requirements

  • Pass "Remote Pilot in Charge" airman knowledge test every 2 years

Public Aircraft Certificate of Authorization (COA)

  • Categorized as "Public Aircraft Operations"
  • Liability/responsibility falls on agency
  • Allows for nighttime flight with permission
  • Allows for pre-approval to fly in B, C, D and E airspace
  • Allows for operation under 400' AGL (Above Ground Level)
  • Allows for operation within visual line of sight of the operator

Training/Application Requirements

  • Public Declaration Letter (Letter to FAA certifying public status)
  • Self-certify that pilots have completed training
  • Self-certify that pilots are medically fit to fly
  • Documents, policies and procedures furnished to the FAA by department or consulting company

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