GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Governor Bentley has requested that the Alabama UAS Task Force accomplish the following goals and objectives:
- Study the requirements for operating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) by agencies of the State of Alabama, and the process for approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This will include all necessary steps to obtain a Certificate of Waiver Authorization (COA), which is required by FAA and must be approved in advance of UAV/UAS operations.
- Take the necessary steps to apply online for a COA as a public entity to fly UAS in U.S. airspace; this will require each COA or state agency to determine the potential use by a state agency for a defined block of airspace, which will include special provisions unique to the proposed state operations. It is contemplated that these special provisions would include the flight of UASs/UAVs only under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) during daylight hours.
- Meet with stakeholders. Organize and conduct meetings with the Governor’s staff, key legislators, and outside stakeholders from groups they represent, which at a minimum, includes agriculture, conservation, and law enforcement interests.
- Recommend a statewide plan for use of UAVs by the State of Alabama. This plan must be (1) science based, data driven, and in compliance with anticipated FAA regulations to be promulgated in early 2015; and (2) in the best interest of the State of Alabama, taking into account the privacy interest of Alabama citizens. The task force is to include in its recommendation any proposed legislation necessary to implement such plan prior to the beginning of the 2015 Legislative Session.