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 ACA races with the written permission of the executive director. With permission, drones may be flown at an ACA event as long as the operator complies with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, as well as additional measures specified by the league. Unmanned aircraft are excluded from league’s liability insurance policy. Operators must carry their own liability policies.
The ACA 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 the executive director.
A drone operator must follow the FAA regulations. More information is available online:
SUMMARY OF 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.
DRONE OPERATORS MUST ALSO FOLLOW THESE ADDITIONAL MEASURES AT ACA EVENTS
- Be registered with the FAA.
- Have registration number displayed prominently on drone.
- Email executive 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 ACA 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 ACA assumes no responsibility for damage that you may cause.
- Executive 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.
ACA television and video rights also apply to aerial imaging and videography.