FAA Guidance on Use of Drones by Texas School Districts and Charters

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 Sept. 24, 2015

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

SUBJECT:       FAA Guidance on Use of Drones by Texas School Districts and Charters

The Texas Education Agency has been contacted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding the potential use of drones by school districts and charters at school-related activities. The following information was provided by the FAA and is being shared for your reference:

The FAA has serious concerns about the safety of operating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), otherwise known as drones, near people or stadiums and can enforce breaches of flight safety.

Superintendents and administrators are urged to reference the FAA website  http://www.faa.gov/uas/model_aircraft/ where guidance is spelled out under Model Aircraft (Hobby or Recreation only).

There are two additional helpful links: http://www.faa.gov/uas/publications/media/27231_FAA_KBYF_lores.pdf (no longer available) and http://www.faa.gov/uas/no_drone_zone/. These two links illustrate the Do’s and Don’ts of UAS flying and also various types of No Drone Zone signage examples for designated prohibited areas.

Should you have any questions regarding this issue, please contact FAA Public Affairs Officer Lynn Lunsford in the FAA Fort Worth Regional Office at (817) 222-4610.