National Drone Safety Awareness Week

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AASO is hosting two events for the FAA's National Drone Safety Awareness Week.

Monday, Nov 4 12 - 2 pm
On the Oval
Join AASO and Missoula County Sheriff's Department for drone flight and safety demonstrations

Friday, Nov 8 11:30 am - 1 pm
UC Atrium
Come fly a drone and learn about drone safety!

Upcoming sUAS training course

In conjunction with Northstar Jet we are offering our Introduction to sUAS course (small unmanned aircraft systems) December 17-19 , 2019. Check out more information here.

Welcome to the Autonomous Aerial Systems Office

The University of Montana is uniquely poised to implement unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into multiple areas of research, creative scholarship, and education.

The Autonomous Aerial Systems Office (AASO) mission is

  • to coordinate and guide faculty, staff, and students for understanding and decision-making regarding implementation of UAS in a changing research and regulatory environment
  • to establish the infrastructure and resources in order to create sustainable autonomous aerial research
  • to stimulate UAS-related innovation, entrepreneurship and workforce development in the state of Montana. 

Please, contact us before you plan to fly.  We can help!

UAS for UM Activities

Per FAA regulations, UM related community members (staff, faculty, contractors,  etc.) wishing to fly UAS outdoors for UM related activities will need to fly under one of our Public Certificates of Authorization (COA) or under 14 CFR Part 107.   

The regulatory environment is complex, so please make sure to contact us before you begin planning any flights or purchases so we can help.

UM's Draft UAS Policies

Decision Tree for UM Unmanned Aerial Systems Use

Side by side comparison of UM Civil vs Public Aircraft Operations

UM's Blanket Certificate of Authorization(COA)

Educational Use of UAS - FAA memorandum 

Part 107 Summary and Small UAS Advisory Circular

Actions for an encounter of unknown UAS operations at/for UM 

As a hobbyist, can you fly your drone outdoors on UM campuses?

Per current FAA regulations and for everyone's safety, you must be at least 25 feet from all property and non-participating people, as well as being more than 5 nautical miles from an airport to fly as a hobbyist.  Please note: it is absolutely against FAA regulations to fly over the stadium in particular.

If you are interested in flying your drone, please take the time to read through the recreational users information at Know Before You Fly.  Please also consider the privacy of others when planning your flight.  It is also suggested to call the UM Police Department at 243-6131 to let them know you are flying in case they receive complaints.   

For hobbyists:  Effective December 21, 2015, anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry before they fly outdoors.  People who do not register could face civil and criminal penalties.

Flying for commercial activities on campus

Per FAA regulations, pilots flying for commercial reasons (any activities that are not for "fun and recreation", i.e. marketing, video-production) must have their Part 107 remote pilot license and insurance.  Please contact us as soon as possible to help plan your flight and provide us with a copy of your license and insurance.