UAS Public COA Application Process

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Public UAS Operations; Applying for Certificate of Authorization or Waiver – A Guide for Public Service and Governmental Agencies.


This training course has been developed from information, provided to the presenter, by a Senior Aviation Analyst for the FAA. However, this study material is not represented in any way as an official FAA training course , and the FAA cautions that changes can happen almost daily.  When making application for the COA process, the FAA will provide the most current requirements.

The objective of this course is to provide a background understanding of the process, for the Public Agency applying for a Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA):

This course will cover:
The Public Declaration Letter
Preparation for a public COA/Waiver
Expanded COA Applications  (the Jurisdictional COA)
Training and Certification Programs
Aircraft Registration
The procedure for Emergency COA and Waivers
Part 107 Waiver alternative

The presentation is intended to help to clarify the process, of obtaining a Certificate of Authorization and Waiver, for a public agency, such as police, fire, search and rescue, emergency medical services and other governmental entities. The purpose of this course is not so much train for a particular skill but to assist public agencies in understanding the process of obtaining approval of a Certificate of Authorization or Waiver for Public UAS Operations.

There are four sections of this course, followed by a short quiz:
Developing Public UAS Programs
The COA Process
The COA Application
What If….
Total course length: 32 minutes

Public employees seeking to earn training credit may submit the syllabus to their training officer for approval.

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FAR Parts 61, 91 and 107 (FAR/AIM) (Kindle edition –

Section 1Developing a UAS Program
Lecture 1
Section 2The COA Process
Lecture 1
Section 3The Application Process
Lecture 1
Section 4What If?Free Preview

Lecture 1Free Preview

Section 5Conclusion and Review
Lecture 1
Final Quiz
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