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NOAA Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Handbook (June 2022)

This handbook supplements NAO 216-104A: Management and Utilization of Aircraft and Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Policy 220-1-5 by providing additional guidance to NOAA users of Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) and a framework for the safe and efficient operation of UAS operated or sponsored by NOAA. It further describes procedures for obtaining approval to procure UAS, UAS services, and operate UAS in NOAA. Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) Operations Manual Policy 220-1-5 is the governing document for NOAA UAS operations.


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