Drone Policy

In an effort to maintain the safety of student-athletes and spectators, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones, may only be flown at AICL races with the written permission of the league director. With permission, drones may be flown at a league event as long as the operator complies with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, as well as additional measures specified by the league.

The AICL will limit the number of approved drone operators flying at each event. The number of operators and approval process will be determined on a case-by-case basis. These steps are necessary so as to maintain a managed airspace over the venue and to avoid collisions with other drones and the people below.

Questions? Contact league director Mike Perry.

Drone Regulations

A drone operator must follow the FAA regulations. More information is available online:

http://www.faa.gov/uas/

http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

A summary of the FAA regulations:

  • May not operate over any persons not directly participating in the operation, not under a covered structure, and not inside a covered stationary vehicle.
  • Maximum altitude of 400 feet above ground level (AGL).
  • Must weigh less than 55 lbs (25 kg).
  • Visual line-of-site (VLOS) only. The operator must be capable of seeing the UAS with vision unaided by any device other than corrective lenses.
  • Operate only during daylight hours.
  • No careless or reckless operations.
  • No carriage of hazardous materials.
  • Must yield right of way to other aircraft.

A drone operator at an AICL event must also follow these additional measures:

  • Be registered with the FAA.
  • Have registration number displayed prominently on drone.
  • Email league director by Thursday prior to the race that you intend to fly, with information about your flight plan which includes the following:
    • Where you intend to fly (e.g. near the start of the course);
    • What time you intend to fly (e.g. from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.); and
    • Provide your name, mobile phone number and FAA UAS Certification Number.
  • Receive written (email) approval from the AICL league director.
  • Drones may not fly over the pit zone or the start/finish line. If you would like shots of the start/finish line you will need to fly to the side of the kids and the crowd. Do not fly over areas where groups of spectators have congregated.
  • Drones must maintain a safe distance from riders and spectators at all times. The AICL assumes no responsibility for damage that you may cause.
  • League director reserves the right to revoke drone flying rights at anytime, should he deem it necessary.

ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS, VIOLATORS WILL BE EXPELLED FROM LEAGUE RACE IMMEDIATELY. 
AICL television and video rights also apply to aerial imaging and videography.

     
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