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Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones as they are often called, are increasingly available online and on store shelves.

Prospective operators—from consumers to businesses—want to fly and fly safely, but many don’t realize that, just because you can easily acquire a UAS, doesn’t mean you can fly it anywhere, or for any purpose.

That means UAS users who want to fly for commercial use (such as providing aerial surveying or photography services) or fly incidental to a business (such as performing roof inspections or real estate photography) must follow these regulations.

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Please contact erm@ucop.edu to be added to the UC-UAS-RESEARCH-L listserv Overview of the Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety The Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety provides system-wide expertise, support and training for regulatory compliance, risk management and the safe operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly known as drones, across the University of California system.

The new UC Drone Web App (go to UC Drone Web App, sign in and select the Drone symbol) provides a unified portal for managing flight requests and reporting for UC students, staff and faculty.

Similar to a driver's license, this license will require the applicant to pass a knowledge test and pass a security vetting, but at $150, it is significantly more obtainable than a private pilot's license, which was the previous requirement for legal drone operation.

The simplified rules codifies many of the operational limits found in the Section 333 Blanket COA, but removes the restriction on FAA-approved drones and introduces a new process to obtain airport authorization to fly within their airspace control.

Pilots may fly for non-recreational purposes without further FAA authorization if they possess a small UAS rating certificate issued by the FAA, operate under the Part 107 regulations and coordinate with the UC Center of Excellence on UAS Safety.

Drones must be properly registered with the FAA, must be under 55 lbs, may not exceed 100 mph groundspeed, may not fly above 400 ft AGL, must fly within Class G airspace and may not fly over people or otherwise pose a threat to unwilling participants on the ground.

This process is put in place to prevent accidents and reduce risk by making sure that each flight has a proper safety management system.

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