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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Public Safety

In early 2017, Fremont Fire began utilizing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for operational purposes.  In May of 2017, the Fremont Police Department officially partnered with Fremont Fire to launch a more robust program for the City.  

On May 17, 2017, a community meeting was held to share information about the City of Fremont's Public Safety Unmanned Aerial System program.  Topics at the meeting included intended use of the UAV's for Police and Fire, FAA flying requirements, case studies, specific capabilities and specs of UAVs and Department policies. A copy of the presentation is available online, as well as our policy.


Private Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems 

Regardless of the size and/or type of UAS, owners must fly safely and responsibility.  The help educate UAS owners, the FAA has developed a Know Before you Fly campaign.  

Effective December 21, 2015, anyone (non-government) who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a certain weight (0.55 lbs. – 55 lbs.) and who uses it for recreational purposes, must register their UAS online with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) before they fly outdoors. People who do not register could face civil and criminal penalties.  The owner must be 13 years of age or older and a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident.  To learn more or to register your aircraft, click here.

If your aircraft is used for commercial purposes, something other than as a hobby or for recreation, is greater than 55 lbs., or you intend to operate your aircraft outside of the United States, you must register your UAS by paper.  Learn more here.

The FAA has a lot of information if you want to Fly for Fun (recreational or hobby use) to help the public better understand guidelines. The FAA also has a quick guide (PDF) and examples of UAS that do and do not require registration.


Be a Responsible Pilot

The FAA retains the responsibility for enforcing Federal Aviation Regulations, including those applicable to the use of UAS. 

An unmanned aircraft that is 1) capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere, 2) flown within visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft, and 3) flown for hobby or recreational purposes. Must be operated within ALL of the following parameters:

1. Strictly for hobby or recreational use

2. Must give way to manned aircraft

3. Less than 55 pounds

4. Operated in accordance with community based set of safety guidelines  

5. If within 5 miles of airport, must notify airport operator and control tower

6. Registration and Markings

A Certificate of Aircraft Registration must be carried by the operator of the UAS and made available to law enforcement and/or the FAA upon request. If you are asked to show your certificate of registration, you can show it electronically, you do not need to print the certificate.