Lone Star ISR’s pilots are required to follow all US State and Federal Laws and Regulations depending on their jurisdiction where operations occur.

Federal – United States

All Lone Star ISR pilots hold a combination of a 14 CFR part 61 (sport, private, or commercial aircraft pilot) and/or a 14 CFR part 107 (small unmanned aircraft system or UAS pilot) certificate to conduct flight operations in the National Airspace of the United States and its territories.

Where applicable, when conducting operations in furtherance of managing wildlife, Lone Star ISR pilots are subject to follow the Code of Federal Regulations – Title 50, Part 19 – Airborne Hunting.

State – Texas

Lone Star ISR’s pilots conduct their missions in accordance to the laws of the State of Texas.

Lone Star ISR’s is a Commercial Aerial Wildlife Management Permittee (M-4328) and thus may be required to conduct themselves pursuant to Texas Parks and Wildlife Code – Chapter 43, Subchapter G, Sections 43.101-43.112, and Texas Administrative Code – Management of Wildlife and Exotic Animals from Aircraft – Sections 65.150-65.162. In those missions, a Landowner Authorization (LOA) may be required to conduct any operations.

Federal Waivers

Where applicable, when conducting flights in certain conditions, a Part 107 Waiver may be required. These conditions include:

Flying a drone from a moving aircraft or a vehicle in a populated area.
Flying a drone at night without anti-collision lighting.
Flying a drone during periods of civil twilight without anti-collision lighting.
Flying a drone beyond the pilots ability to clearly determine the position, altitude, attitude, and movement of the drone, with unaided vision.
Use a visual observer without following all visual observer requirements.
Flying a drone which does not meet conditions of operational categories 1, 2, 3, or 4.
Flying a drone over 100 miles per hour groundspeed.
Flying a drone over 400 feet above ground level (AGL).
Flying a drone with less than 3 statute miles of visibility.
Flying a drone within 500 feet (vertically) or 2,000 feet (horizontally) from clouds.
Flying a drone over moving vehicles which does not meet conditions of operational categories 1, 2, 3, or 4.

When considering any engagement with a company providing unmanned aircraft services, all safe practices must be followed and waivers obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration. Only conditions precedent where life or property are at risk is an operator allowed to submit emergency request for waivers to the FAA.

Department of Homeland Security Screening

More than half of Lone Star ISR’s pilots have undergone extensive security screening via the Department of Homeland Security and hold Transportation Worker Identification Credentials. The TWIC credentials allows Lone Star ISR’s pilots to access secure areas of the nation’s maritime facilities, vessels and airports. Additionally, more than half of Lone Star ISR’s pilots currently hold passports and can perform work outside of the United States. When working outside of the United States, Lone Star ISR’s pilots will operate under the jurisdiction of that host country.

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