NCHRP Implementation Support Program. UAS Flight Proficiency Certification Pilot Program for State DOTs

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have been used to support a wide range of state DOT activities, including surveying, inspection, construction, and emergency management. Most state DOTs operate under CFR 14 Part 107 rules (Part 107), which require pilots to pass a knowledge exam. The exam is knowledge-based and does not include a practical flight skills component. Not verifying flight proficiency represents a significant barrier and source of liability for states wishing to use drones. This pilot project will implement a data-driven minimum flight proficiency certification to complement the Part 107 knowledge exam, and will produce a step-by-step guide for states to implement their own certification program. The pilot will use a flight exam protocol and scoring benchmark developed by Clemson University, and draw upon various related NCHRP research results, such as NCHRP Synthesis 560: Practice for Construction-Ready Digital Terrain Models, NCHRP Report 963: A Pandemic Playbook for Transportation Agencies, NCHRP Report 924: Foreseeing the Impact of Transformational Technologies on Land Use and Transportation, NCHRP Report 831: Civil Integrated Management (CIM) for Departments of Transportation, and NCHRP 20-68A, 17-01: Successful Approaches for the Use of Unmanned Aerial System by Surface Transportation Agencies.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $200000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-44(47)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Mohan, Sid

  • Start Date: 20220711
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01851056
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-44(47)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 5 2022 5:03PM