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Does the USGS need flight approval to operate uncrewed aircraft systems?

Yes, approval is required for operating uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS). The USGS receives flight approval from the Federal Aviation Administration prior to every UAS mission. The official document is referred to as a Certificate of Authorization and Waiver. It is the approval process by which the Federal Aviation Administration allows for public agencies to operate UAS in the National Airspace System.

Learn more: Documents about UAS policy and guidance within the Department of the Interior


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