The nonprofit National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has created a resource on guidelines for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) usage for the wireless infrastructure industry.
The document, entitled “Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Around Vertical Communications Infrastructure,” is a byproduct of collaboration between NATE’s UAS committee and other representatives from the commercial UAS industry.
The resource focuses on small UAS operations around wireless infrastructure, cellular towers, broadcast towers and electrical distribution towers. Topics include Federal Aviation Administration requirements, training provisions, documentation, safety reporting, emergency procedures, weather requirements and noise abatement.
“NATE is excited to offer this informative resource to the industry in order to provide important UAS operational and regulatory information to the workers and stakeholders in the communications tower industry,” says Todd Schlekeway, NATE’s executive director. “This is the first of several best-practices documents the NATE UAS committee ultimately plans to develop as further regulatory clarity emerges surrounding UAS technologies.”
The free resource can be accessed here.