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National Association of Tower Erectors Publishes Drones Best Practices Guidance

Release Date: July 5, 2016

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has released guidance on the safe operation of small drones near cellular, broadcast, and electrical distribution towers, as well as wireless infrastructure. The NATE Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Committee is tasked with monitoring the trends and regulatory environment associated with rapidly evolving UAS technologies and making recommendations to NATE members and the wireless infrastructure community on best practices when it comes to UAS integration. The committee also focuses on collaborating with federal agencies and interested stakeholders in the development of guidelines to promote the safe commercial and private use of these systems.

The document, released June 1, is intended for tower technicians, ground personnel, flight operators, and members of the public. It provides guidance on:

The NATE Unmanned Aerial Systems Committee produced the document in collaboration with stakeholders from the commercial drone industry. “NATE is excited to offer this informative resource to the industry in order to provide important UAS operational and regulatory information to the workers and stakeholders in the communications tower industry,” stated Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “This is the first of several best practices documents the NATE UAS Committee ultimately plans to develop as further regulatory clarity emerges surrounding UAS technologies,” added Schlekeway. The Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Around Vertical Communications Infrastructure document is available as a free resource and accessible to be downloaded at

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