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Drone Regulations for Mosquito Control Agencies

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Joel Buettner |  Isik Unlu, Ph. D.
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Mosquito control agencies continue expand the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS ) otherwise known as drones.  Over the past decade, federal and state regulation of drones has been rapidly evolving, and lack of clarity and frequent changes to regulations have cause confusion for mosquito control agencies starting to operate drones and start drone programs.  This webinar will provide an overview of current drone regulations that apply to common mosquito control drone operations like looking for or mapping standing water and applying mosquito control products.



  1. Overview of Drone Regulations
    1. FAA - Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR)
    2. State/Local Regulations
    3. Civil vs Public Aircraft
    4. Large vs Small UAS
    5. Pesticide applications = “dispensing economic poisons”
  2. Starting a Drone Program
    1. Drone Program, Operator, or Contract Services
    2. Drone Mission Types
    3. Airspace and Area of Operations
    4. Are drone operations going to be done for compensation or reimbursement?
    5. Pilot Training
    6. Choose a UAS
    7. Regulatory support considerations – who is helping you with regulatory paperwork?
  3. Regulatory Compliance
    1. UAS registration
      1. Part 48- drone zone (small UAS)
      2. Part 47- CARES portal (large UAS)
    2. Civil Rules
      1. Part 107 (small UAS)
      2. Part 91 (large UAS)
      3. Part 137 (applying pesticides)
    3. Public Aircraft Operations
    4. Exemptions/Waivers/COAs
    5. AMCA Drone Program
  4. Questions




Joel Buettner Related Seminars and Products

Joel Buettner is a leader in innovation and new technology integration for mosquito and vector control operations. As General Manager at the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District since 2009, he leads a talented team to prevent and manage risks of vector-borne disease and evaluate new innovations to protect public health. Joel and his team developed a Mosquito Assessment and Control Unmanned Aerial System program which helped encourage unmanned aerial technology use in the mosquito control field. Joel currently serves as the American Mosquito Control Legislative and Regulatory Committee UAS subcommittee chair.  Joel holds a Master of Science Degree in Integrated Pest Management from the University of California Davis and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Washington.

Isik Unlu, Ph. D. Related Seminars and Products

Born, raised, and educated in Ankara, Turkey, Dr. Isik Unlu received her B.S. in biology and M.S. in ecology from Hacettepe University. She conducted research and spent time as an educator in Turkey, Israel, and Germany before coming to the U.S. in 2003. Unlu obtained a PhD degree in medical entomology from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 2007. After graduating from LSU, she joined Rutgers University as an adjunct professor and post doc and Mercer County Mosquito Control first as an entomologist, then as a superintendent. She has more than 20 years’ experience, published in nearly 60 outlets, and presented at or contributed to more than 90 conferences on the topics of vector biology, ecology, surveillance, management and control, disease surveillance, blood meal analysis, and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases. Unlu is currently the Acting Division Director and Operations Manager for Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control where she oversees a team of more than 50 staffers.