A message from APSA regarding the new CAPS/COA process

A message from APSA regarding the new CAPS/COA process
February 15, 2018 1 Comment Drone Laws,FAA,Public COA Tim Trott

From the Airborne Public Service Association:

“The FAA has moved the Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA) application and reporting site (CAPS) to a new domain and URL (CAPS.FAA.GOV). The new site requires the establishment of a new account. The new account registration requires an unacceptable amount of personally identifiable information (PII) such as date of birth, HOME address, PERSONAL cell phone number and social security number. For reasons of officer safety and fiduciary security this is unacceptable. APSA has been working to resolve this issue with Randy Willis in the FAA’s UAS Integration Officer since we first learned of this situation in December 2017.  As you know, nothing moves quickly at the FAA. However, Mr. Willis recently advised us of an “interim solution”. He requests that agencies with COA’s submit their monthly report via email using the attached form. This form requests MUCH MORE information than the previous online COA activity reporting form. Mr. Willis advises that this is the “new” report that is posted on the current CAPS site. Mr. Willis was informed that operational security and privacy of the individuals we protect will often preclude law enforcement from completing all of the fields (i.e. exact long/lat of location).  The completed forms should be emailed to:  9-AJV-115-UASOrganization@faa.gov

APSA recommends that agencies comply to the degree possible without compromising operational security or citizen privacy.Mr. Willis advises agencies wishing to establish a new CAPS account contact Ms. Tamisha Thomas at tamisha.thomas@faa.gov  in order to try to come up with a “work-around” to the need to enter PII to establish a new account.
While this is by no means an ideal solution, it is at least progress. APSA will keep you posted on developments as they occur.”

Also, I have been informed that the Chrome browser works best on the new CAPS.FAA.GOV web site.


About The Author
Tim Trott Tim Trott is an FDLE certified instructor (#329775), and Certified Remote Pilot. and also passed the FAA Fundamentals of Instruction and Ground School exam and was granted one of the first 400 Section 333 Exemptions. As a writer, Tim has several books and e-books on Amazon.com, including FAA 107 UAG Remote Pilot Study Guide, The Droner's Guide (#15 in its category) and Out of the Blue - The Life and Legend of Kirby 'Sky King' Grant. Many of these courses are available for on-site training through TrainingForceUSA.com. Tim Trott has conducted training courses in Boston, Mass., Texas City and Wichita Falls, Texas, as well as Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale, Valencia Community College in Orlando, Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in Tallahassee, and Gulf Coast Public Service Academy in Panama City, Florida. Between online and on-site training, Tim Trot has trained close to 1,000 students in various aspects of small Umanned Aircraft Systems operation.
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