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Government Operators

What is a Government Operator?

Public agencies and government entities, including schools and universities, that use unmanned aircraft system/drone technology are considered government operators.

Federal Restrictions & Requirements

  • Government drone operators can operate under 14 CFR Part 107, also known as the Small UAS Rule, as of Aug. 29, 2016. Under this rule, the person operating a small unmanned aircraft system must either hold a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating or be under the direct supervision of a person who does hold a remote pilot certificate (remote pilot in command).

  • As an alternative to operating under Part 107, a government operator may obtain a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA reviews all Certificate of Waiver or Authorization applications on a case-by-case basis.

North Carolina Restrictions & Requirements


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    Register Your Drone With the FAA

    Drones and unmanned aircraft systems weighing between .55 pounds and 55 pounds must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration.

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    UAS Knowledge Test Study Guide

    A study guide for the N.C. Department of Transportation's UAS knowledge test for commercial and governmental operators.

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    UAS Knowledge Test & Permitting

    Testing required for a permit to ensure that commercial and government operators understand and comply with laws regulating drone usage in North Carolina.


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