UAS Flight Approval
Only UAS used for Apple’s business purposes flown by Apple employees and contractors, may be flown over Apple owned or leased property (“Permitted Operations”). In order to obtain approval for a flight, the UAS operator must submit a flight request via an iForm. A detailed review of the operator’s qualification, drone registration and flight safety plan will be conducted prior to approval.
UAS Pilot Requirements
Remote pilots must have an FAA-issued Remote Pilot Certificate with a Small UAS rating before initiating the first flight. All manufacturer’s guidelines for maintenance and integrity testing of the UAS must be followed. Pilots must complete a Flight Log Entry for every flight and retain all completed Flight Log Entries with the UAS. See Appendix B of the Drone Flight Policy.
UAS Physical Requirements
The UAS must be meet requirements for Apple flights. Requirements include:
- The maximum weight of UAS must not exceed 55 pounds at the time of takeoff. This includes all equipment added on to the UAS (e.g. cameras)
- Do not exceed the manufacturer’s limitations for flight loads and ensure that any loads will not affect flight.
- Always ensure loads are securely attached.
- UAS may not carry a payload with hazardous materials (e.g. fuel sources).
The UAS batteries must be managed to ensure electrical or other battery hazards do not pose risks to pilots or those affected by a flight. Follow this guidance to assure UAS battery safety
- Batteries must be charged within the confines of a flammables cabinet or in an ammunition box if you are transporting the UAS.
- Batteries may not be charged overnight.
- Use caution when charging batteries and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. Some UAS batteries do not have over charge controls.
An FAA waiver is required to vary from these In-Flight Safety Practices. UAS operations outside of these approved practices will require a variance from EHS.
- UAS must be transported in original packing or equivalent while they are on the ground. This is to protect the unit and prevent damage to the batteries.
- Extra batteries should be kept and carried in a fire resistant safety pouch.
- If you will be boarding an airplane with a UAS check with your specific airline on their policy for transporting a UAS on board an aircraft.