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A112 - Use of Aircraft

 Administrative Letter #112 Use of Aircraft

DATE:              August 8, 2016 

FROM:              Superintendent Larry Bergeson 

REGARDING:   Use of Aircraft

This letter is drafted to clearly define the Washington County School District’s (WCSD) position on the use of aircraft – including drones – at WCSD sponsored events or facilities. The following list should not be considered comprehensive and may be added to as aircraft-related practices or concerns arise that present inherent safety risks to staff or students.  

DEFINITIONS (as outlined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA))

  • Aircraft: A device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air
  • Unmanned Aircraft System (Drone): An aircraft without a human pilot on board


  • Landing aircraft on WCSD grounds at non-sporting events may be permitted and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
    • Exception requests must be made to WCSD Risk Management for consideration and approval.
  • Skydiving on WCSD grounds is prohibited


  • Landing aircraft on WCSD grounds before, during, or after sporting events is prohibited
  • Low flying aircraft, including helicopters, must be approved by the Executive Director of Physical Facilities prior to the event.


  • The use of drones on WCSD grounds is prohibited except for the following circumstances:
    • Personnel:
      • The use of a drone is justified in the curriculum of a class.
        • In these circumstances, drone use will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Requests must be submitted in writing to the superintendent.
      • The use of a drone is directly related to the scope of the employees position
      • The drone operator is a Part 61 Certificate holder as outlined in FAA 14 CFR part 107
        • To register for the exam, call the CATS Testing (800) 947-4228
          • Payment is due at the time of registration
        • Study material is available at
  • Students:
    • The use of a drone is directly related to the curriculum of an authorized WCSD class
    • The student is supervised by an authorized person who is a Part 61 Certificate holder as outlined in FAA 14 CFR part 107 at all times while the drone is in use
  • Pursuant to FAA Regulations 14 CFR Part 107, drones may not operate over any persons not directly participating in the operation, not under a covered structure, and not inside a covered stationary vehicle.
  • Relative to UHSAA State Event Guidelines, the use of drones by staff or students at all sporting events is prohibited


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Larry Bergeson                                                                              Date
Washington County School District

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