FAA changes COA web site: UPDATE
If you have been to the The UAS COA Online System you will notice some changes. For one thing you will no longer find a direct link from the FAA.gov/uas section. If you do manage to google the old page it will direct you to a new registration page at CAPS.FAA.GOV.
Some things I have been able to learn about this change…..
1: The earlier system was apparently about 10 years old and was created by a contractor, while the new registration system is totally within the FAA. That’s a good move in view of contractor employees like Harold Martin and Edward Snowden.
2: The new system requests certain personal data for verification. If you share my concern about posting a social security number online, I have been assure that all personal information collected for verification is deleted on completion of the registration process. the new system offers verification by driver’s license, but not all states are integrated into the system, and if you are in Florida, like me, you will find out Florida is one of those states not in the system.
Other points to keep in mind: The page will ask for responses to three personal questions for use as two-factor identification, such as where were you born. If you fill in “Florida” and when asked at login, it will not accept “florida” as a response. Suggestion: write down your EXACT responses along with the digital password. You can use the randomly assigned digital password or provide your own. I would strongly suggest resisting the temptation to enter “12345678” or a phone number.
Once inside I’m gold much is the same with a few new options provided.
And in case you need the information in the pop up box that won’t stay popped up, here’s what is in it:
DOT employees and contractors call:
Internal: 5-4357 (HELP)
External: (202) 385-4357
Toll-free: (866) 466-5221
Email: Send email to email@example.com
MyIT Service Center
FAA employees and contractors contact (24x7x365):
1 (844) FAA-MYIT or 1 (844) 322-6948
Government entities or organizations (e.g. law enforcement agencies, public universities, state governments, local municipalities) have 2 options for flying UAS: Fly under the small UAS rule – follow all rules under 14 CFR part 107, including aircraft and pilot requirements OR Obtain a blanket public Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) – permits nationwide flights in Class G airspace at or below 400 feet, self-certification of the UAS pilot, and the option to obtain emergency COAs (e-COAs) under special circumstances Contact 9-AJV-115-UASCOA@faa.gov to learn more about public COAs
The Public COA training course will be updated and restored as soon as we have all the information we can get from the FAA.
Tim Trott is an FDLE certified instructor (#329775), and Certified Remote Pilot. and also passed the FAA Fundamentals of Instruction and Ground School exam and was granted one of the first 400 Section 333 Exemptions. As a writer, Tim has two e-books on Amazon.com, including Droner’s Guide (#15 in its category) and UAS Operations: A Study Guide for the FAA Remote Pilot Certification Exam.
On-site training courses are available through TrainingForceUSA.com. Tim has taught FDLE courses at School of Public Safety at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in Tallahassee, and Gulf Coast Public Service Academy in Panama City.