Policy and Procedures for Drone / Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations at the Battleship NJ

The safety, security, and privacy of the visitors, employees, volunteers and other persons at the Battleship NJ Museum and Memorial is a priority.  As such, use of drones or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) within the waters and land of the Battleship NJ is strictly prohibited unless a request to operate a drone is received ten (10) days prior to date for the flight(s), and approval is issued in writing by the Battleship NJ.  Please contact the Battleship NJ at 856-966-1652, extension 114, for inquires and requests.

The drone/UAS operator must:

  • Abide and follow all applicable laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to drone operations.
  • Only fly drones legally registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
  • Only the licensed pilot identified in the request may serve as the Remote Pilot in Charge.
  • Confirm current status of flight restrictions through FAA-established resources, such as B4YFly.
  • Follow FAA Rule 107 requirements and guidelines.
  • To obtain any and all necessary permits, authorizations, and waivers from the FAA, through tool such as FAA Drone Zone and Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC).
  • Only fly when safe to do so and in compliance with all legal requirements.
  • To provide all requested drone documentation and information required by the Battleship NJ, including:
    • Purpose(s) of the operation.
    • Intended use of data (photography, videography).
    • Date and times flights will begin and end.
    • Name and legal identification for the drone Remote Pilot-in-Command and any other persons involved with flight operations.
    • Copy of FAA registration for all drones expected to fly during the planned operations.
    • Copy of insurance coverage for drone and pilots, naming Battleship NJ as additional insured.
    • Flight plan to include the areas where flights will take place, control and piloting locations, safety areas, and other key locations.
    • Contact information that can be used on the day of flight operations to reach the Remote Pilot-in-Command.
    • List of any safety of operational restrictions that could affect Battleship NJ operations.
  • To maintain adequate insurance coverage as required by the Battleship NJ.
  • Promptly notify the Battleship NJ of any restrictions, denials, or conditions imposed by the FAA for the proposed flight(s).
  • To pay any fines or penalties imposed by the FAA or other authority related to violations of drone/UAS rules, laws, and regulations.

Flight Operations

Personnel involved in drone/UAS operations will follow all Battleship NJ safety and security procedures.   While flying over or near Battleship NJ facilities, the drone’s Remote Pilot-in-Command must at all times abide by the FAA’s rules for operation of small, unmanned aircraft.

These rules include that the drone/UAS:

  • Must not interfere with manned aircraft operations, vessel navigation, first responder activities, or Battleship NJ operations.
  • Is not permitted to fly over people.
  • Must remain within eyesight of the pilot at all times without using binoculars.
  • Can be flown only during daylight hours with visibility of at least 3 miles.
  • Is externally marked with FAA Registration number.
  • Must not be flown higher than 400 feet above ground level, where permitted.
  • Is flown safely and carefully at all times.
  • Operator is in possession of FAA Registration and Pilot License during flight operations and will make these available to the Battleship NJ, first responders, FAA, or other regulatory agencies.

Remote Pilot-in-Command must follow the plans and procedures agreed with the Battleship NJ, and respond to any requests or direction from Battleship NJ personnel.

Any unusual incidents, problems, damages, or injuries occurring as a result of drone/UAS operations in or around the Battleship NJ facilities will be reported promptly and in detail to the Battleship NJ and relevant authorities immediately.