In the summer of 2017, the Stormwater Management Commission purchased a drone to improve task efficiencies and expand capabilities in areas with access limitations. Flying a drone in any commercial capacity, including government, requires the prospective pilot to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aeronautical Part 107 Knowledge Test and be vetted by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) in order to receive their Remote Pilot Airman Certificates. SMC has two licensed drone pilots who have completed the required training: Neil Schindelar and Scott Griffith.
Federal law requires that small unmanned aircrafts weighing more than .55 pounds and less than 55 pounds be registered with the FAA and marked with a registration number, either by registering online or by using the legacy paper based registration process.
What is a Drone / Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) / Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)?
The FAA terminology of sUAS is synonymous with both Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and drone. A drone is an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.