MESSAGES 2014 :: NOVEMBER 5, 2014

NOTE :: Various file formats are used on this page that may require download. If larger than 1mb, it will take longer to download. For instructions or more information, please visit our download page.

Information about Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Student Use

Dear LEA Superintendents and Charter School Directors,

We have seen increasing enthusiasm from students across the state who are interested in learning about emerging technologies, including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). While we encourage students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math subjects, the use of UAS poses safety risks that you should be aware of.

State and local government entities or officers are not permitted to procure or operate unmanned aircraft in North Carolina unless a special exception is granted. State law also addresses safety and privacy concerns and includes civil penalties and criminal penalties for violations. In addition, a licensing and permitting process and a skills and knowledge for UAS is being developed. That program will be in place by May 31, 2015, and licenses will not be issued to anyone under 18.

The Academy of Model Aeronautics ( is a national resource for guidance about flying UAS safely and responsibly. More information about operating unmanned aircraft in North Carolina is attached to this email. If your faculty and students are interested in learning about UAS, please have them review safe practices, along with state laws and federal regulations.


Superintendent June Atkinson

(doc, 28kb)