COA Process. Requirements. Federal Aviation Administration. Presented to: By: Henry Rigol Date: June 18, 2015

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1 COA Process Requirements Presented to: By: Henry Rigol Date:

2 Agenda Types of COA s COA Process COA On-line COA Template (FAA Form ) 2

3 Types of COA s 3

4 Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA) Public Federal Memorandum of Agreement (DoD, DHS, NOAA, NASA, DOI) Other Federal Non-Federal (State & municipal governments, state colleges and universities) Must be for a governmental purpose Civil Special Airworthiness Certificate (SAC) Experimental Restricted Category Section 333 (Small UAS) 4

5 COA Process 5

6 Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA) Types of Operations Public Aircraft Public Operation Civil Operation Civil Aircraft Special Airworthiness Certificate Section 333 Authorization Type Certificate 6

7 Current COA Process Public SAC Civil 333 Type Cert Phase I Phase II ATO Service Area ATO Flight Standards Phase III ATO Service Area Phase IV ATO Phase V ATO Phase I ATO Phase II Service Area Phase III ATO 7

8 Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA) Public Operation New Non-DoD 5 Phases 60 Business Days Renewal Non DoD 4 Phases 30 Business Days No changes to original COA Other Public COA s 3 Phases 8

9 Public COA Phase Processing (Business) Days Other State/Federal Federal MOA New Renewal 1- Admin ATC Feasibility N/A 3-Flight Standards Review N/A 4-ATC Coordination 20 N/A 20 5-Signature Good for 2 years 9

10 COA Phases Phase 1 Administrative Review Review for proper attachments and basic compliance (Transponder, night operations, Class of Airspace, etc) When complete, update COA on-line that the Administrative Review is complete. Phase 2 ATC Feasibility Review of operating location, altitudes, routes, etc. When complete, add any provisions requested by the Service Area to the draft COA. Update COA on-line that the Feasibility Review is complete. 10

11 COA Phases Phase 3 Flight Standards Review Phase 4 ATC Review Add mitigations from the Program Letter to the Flight Standards Special Provisions section of the draft COA. Send the draft COA to the appropriate service area with any Special Provisions provided in Phase 2 and Phase 3. This is called the 95%. Include any attachments necessary (ie operating area, Lost Link). The Service Area will return the 95% back with any additional Special Provisions required in red. This is called the 99%. Phase 5 Signature Finalized and sent for signature. 11

12 Streamlined COA s Emergency COA Existing COA Manned flight is not possible due to a hazard, or, the operation cannot be conducted safely with manned flight A situation exists that is defined as a condition of distress or urgency where there is, or has the extreme possibility of loss of life. 12

13 Streamlined COA s Disaster COA Combined Forces Air Component Commander (CFACC) COA Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) 13

14 Other COA s Class G Notification (DoD, NASA, NOAA, DOI) DoD UAS that weighs 55/20 pounds or less. Operating in Class G airspace below 1200' AGL (not applicable to airspace identified by 14 CFR (b)(2)) (Mode C Veil) over military bases, reservations or land protected by purchase, lease or other restriction. No closer than 5nm miles from any civil use airport or heliport. The UAS remains within clear visual range of the pilot, or a certified observer in ready contact with the pilot, to ensure separation from other aircraft. No COA is issued. An is generated when the proponent commits the application in COA On-line s DoD Notifications section. 14

15 Other COA s Class D All categories of DoD UAS operations conducted wholly within Class D airspace that has an associated DoD-controlled, nonjoint-use airfield Issued to the air traffic control tower rather than an individual proponent Must comply with the DoD/ (FAA) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), dated September 16, 2013, and the ATC Procedures for DoD Non Joint Use Airfield with Associated Class D Airspace," dated January 23, 2009 Stays within ATO 15

16 Section 333 Civil COA Requires an exemption Blanket COA Under 200 feet Distance from public use airport 5 nautical miles (NM) from an airport having an operational control tower; or 3 NM from an airport having a published instrument flight procedure, but not having an operational control tower; or 2 NM from an airport not having a published instrument flight procedure or an operational control tower; or 2 NM from a heliport Specific COA if not qualified above 16

17 COA Online 17

18 COA Online 18

19 COA Online 19

20 COA Online 20

21 COA Online 21

22 FAA Form (COA Template) 22

23 COA Template 3 Primary Sections Standard Provisions Flight Standards Special Provisions Air Traffic Control Special Provisions 23

24 COA Template Standard Provisions A. General B. Airworthiness C. Operations D. Air Traffic Control (ATC) Communications E. Safety of Flight F. Crewmember Requirements G. Notice to Airman (NOTAM) H. Data Reporting I. Incident/ Accident/ Mishap Reporting 24

25 COA Template Flight Standards Special Provisions A. Contingency Planning B. Night Operations Air Traffic Control Special Provisions A. Coordination Requirements B. Communications Requirements C. Flight Planning Requirements D. Procedural Requirements E. Emergency/ Contingency Procedures F. Operations Area (or as an attachment) 25

26 Questions? 26

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