Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones as they are more commonly known, are an ever increasing presence in the National Airspace System.  Whether you fly for fun or for recreation or business, it is important to remember that safety is everyone's responsibility.  All unmanned aircraft system operators must understand and abide by federal regulations.

 

Non-recreational UAS operators

All non-recreational operators of Unmanned Aircraft Systems must comply with 14 CFR 107 (https://www.faa.gov/uas/) and have a Remote Pilot Certificate with Small UAS Rating issued from the FAA.  Those operating under 14 CFR 107 are not required to notify University Airport (KEDU). 

If you are operating an unmanned aircraft system for UC Davis business (including research), or operating on UC Davis property, please contact UC Davis Risk Management Services for further instructions. (http://safetyservices.ucdavis.edu/article/unmanned-aircraft-systems)

 

Recreational UAS operators (Model Aircraft)

Model aircraft are defined as unmanned aircraft systems operated recreationally, or in the pursuit of one's hobby, outside of one's regular occupation.  Commercial operations, such as photography services, are not considered to be hobby or recreation flights, regardless of compensation. Additionally, flights that are in furtherance of a business, or incidental to a person’s business, would not be a hobby or recreation flights.

Operators of model aircraft are required to notify all airports within 5 miles (Section 336 of Public Law 112-95).  If you are not sure of your proximity to an airport, download the FAA B4UFLY App (https://www.faa.gov/uas/where_to_fly/b4ufly/) or AIRMAP (https://www.airmap.com/).  Please note that at this time, University Airport (KEDU) does not yet support the Digital Notification and Awareness System (D-NAS) offered by AIRMAP.

To notify University Airport (KEDU) in compliance with federal regulations, please contact UC Davis Risk Management Services (http://safetyservices.ucdavis.edu/article/unmanned-aircraft-systems)

 

Comparison of Regulations

Non-Recreational UAS

Recreational UAS

Must have Remote Pilot Certificate

Must register self with FAA

Must register each UAS

Must notify airport when operating within 5 miles

Must fly within visual line of sight*

Must fly within visual line of sight

Must yield right of way to manned aircraft*

Must yield right of way to manned aircraft

Must not interfere with manned aircraft traffic patterns*

Must not interfere with manned aircraft traffic patterns

Must not fly over people*

Must not fly over people

Must not fly near emergency response efforts such as fires

Must not fly near emergency response efforts such as fires

Must be under 55 lbs

Must follow community-based safety guidelines

Fly at or below 400 ft*

Fly at or below 400 ft

Fly during the day*

 

Fly below 100 mph*

 

 

* These rules are subject to waiver (https://www.faa.gov/uas/beyond_the_basics/#waiver)