Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Registration is Now Open for the FAA’s Aviation Safety STEM Symposium on September 23, 2021

The FAA's Aviation Safety (AVS) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Career Symposium is an event designed to expose students to the world of aviation.

The next event returns on September 23, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM ET, as a virtual event for middle school, high school, and college students nationwide. STEM opportunities will be on full display as the FAA teams up with groups outside the agency to spark interest in aviation careers.

The AVS STEM Career Symposium will include multiple guest speakers, interactive visual presentations, STEM engagement activities, and opportunities for students to talk with aviation professionals. Participating students will learn about exciting careers such as aviation safety inspectors, aerospace engineers, medical officers, pilots, air traffic controllers, and mathematicians.

Share this flyer with your friends, colleagues, and students. Register now to take part in this enriching interactive day-long event!

 

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Join the FAA for Drone Safety Awareness Week

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) encourages the drone community to participate in the third annual National Drone Safety Awareness Week from Sept. 13 – 19, 2021.

A key pillar of the FAA’s work to safely integrate drones into the National Airspace System, ensuring that drone pilots understand their responsibility to fly safely, and what that entails.

During this weeklong campaign, drone pilots and recreational flyers will talk about their passion and commitment to drone safety, and industry experts will share important drone safety educational topics. The event will also highlight new requirements and best practices for the drone community.

Each day of the week is dedicated to a specific educational theme:

  • Monday: Safe Flyers Take The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST)
  • Tuesday: Register and Mark Your Drone
  • Wednesday: Become a Part of a Flying Community
  • Thursday: New Rules – Remote Identification and Operations Over People
  • Friday: Public Safety & Public Acceptance
  • Saturday and Sunday: Share the Skies – Get Out and Fly

Graphics and resources are available for you to participate in National Drone Safety Awareness Week:

  • Check out the Guidebook (PDF) for ideas and inspiration.
  • Download the National Drone Safety Awareness Week graphics and apply them to your event materials.
  • Follow @FAADroneZone on Twitter and Facebook throughout the week.
  • Tag your social media stories with #DroneWeek to let us know you’re participating in National Drone Safety Awareness Week.
  • Give us your best shot: find out how you can participate in the Drone Safety Awarenes Week photo showcase.
  • Share your planned events with the entire community using the Unmanned Safety Team’s National Drone Safety Week Voluntary Tracking Tool.

For additional information, visit faa.gov/go/DroneWeek.  

 

The FAA has gone live with The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). It is now required that ANY person operating a drone for RECREATIOPNAL use is required to have a TRUST completion certificate. Visti the TRUST site on FAA.gov at https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/knowledge_test_updates/.

The United States national airspace is the busiest in the world, with up to 87,000 flights per day and the Oklahoma skies are no exception.  Studies show that unmanned aircraft (drones) have an accident rate seven times higher than general aviation and 353 times higher than commercial aviation.  The Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 directs the FAA to create regulations that will enable drones to fly throughout U.S. airspace and they have done so through the Part 107 rule released in the summer of 2016.  Part 107 allows businesses to fly small (under 55 pounds) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the U.S. airspace for business purposes and according to an Oklahoma Department of Commerce study, the Oklahoma drone industry employs 550+ people, has a $57 million payroll effect, and generates $3.5 million in sales taxes. 

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