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Questions? Please contact us at npsfx@nps.edu

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For information about FX areas of interest, and how to run an experiment at the event, please see the event's Request for Information (RFI). 

Attendance at FX is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please preview the RFI document for experiment proposal submission instructions. If accepted, you will receive an e-mail confirmation notifying you of your acceptance. Attendance as an observer is possible, but is reserved for government employees.

 

Applicants interested in attending an NPS FX event to conduct an experiment should submit an experiment proposal for consideration. Multiple proposals addressing different experiments may be submitted and reviewed individually, however each proposal must address only one experiment. Experiment proposals are submitted through a series of web fields. Please include all information in the web fields, attached documents will not be considered.

Do not submit experiment proposals with requests for funding. Your submission will be treated as information only; it will not be treated as a proposal for funding. NPS FX experiments are self-funded by experimenters.

For more information, see What is NPS FX? 

Please review "Important Dates" above for submission deadlines for each event

All experiment lead's must participate in the weekly experimenter teleconferences leading up to the events.  The conference calls begin the week following the experiment proposal deadline and continue up until the event.

The calls take place on Wednesday at 1330 ET / 1030 PT at 831-296-3509 (no pin required)

Operating an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at an NPS Field Experimentation (FX) event requires extensive paperwork. If you intend to fly any aircraft at JIFX (including “RC,” “Hobby,” “Quad Rotor”,  “Drones,” etc.), you must carefully read the following instructions and complete the required documents prior to the event’s “required flight forms due” date listed under Important Dates.

 

Instructions for Non-Government Flyers

You may download all of the following 6 documents as a single compressed file. Please carefully read the special instructions below before completing and submitting documents.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Each of these forms must be signed and submitted using blue ink. If your experiment involves multiple UAS, DD 2401 must list each model that will be flown at the event.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: “Overall Residual Risk Level,” (block 10 on the form) must reflect the highest level indicated in the “Residual Risk Level” column (block 9 on the form). If your experiment involves multiple, different models of UAS, you must complete a separate DD 2977 form for each model.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: If your experiment involves multiple, different models of UAS, you must complete a separate UAS RCC Questionnaire for each model.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: These documents are furnished by the insurance company that covers the organization who will be operating the UAS(s) – the above file is merely an example for your information. Two of these certificates must be provided, one listing the Naval Postgraduate School, and one listing the California Army National Guard in the "Certificate Holder" block. It must indicate at least $1,000,000 in liability coverage.  

  1. DD 2400: Certificate of Insurance

  2. DD 2401: Landing Permit

  3. DD 2402: Hold Harmless Agreement

  4. DD Form 2977: Deliberate Risk Assessment Worksheet

  5. UAS RCC Questionnaire

  6. Certificates of Liability Insurance

 

Instructions for Government Flyers

You may download all of the following three documents as a single compressed file. Please carefully read the special instructions below before completing and submitting documents.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: This Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) instructional memo describes the process for procuring a IFC for Department of the Navy (DON) organizations. Other DoD entities must similarly obtain airworthiness certificate and authorization to fly from their respective service orgainization.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: “Overall Residual Risk Level,” (block 10 on the form) must reflect the highest level indicated in the “Residual Risk Level” column (block 9 on the form). If your experiment involves multiple, different models of UAS, you must complete a separate DD 2977 form for each model.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: If your experiment involves multiple, different models of UAS, you must complete a separate UAS RCC Questionnaire for each model.

  1. Interim Flight Clearance (IFC)
  2. DD Form 2977: Deliberate Risk Assessment Worksheet
  3. UAS RCC Questionnaire

NPS FX experiments must comply with U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and Federal Communications Commision (FCC) rules and regulations for radio frequency (RF) emissions.  Active frequency management and monitoring is conducted during all NPS FX events, and any experiment not in compliance must be stopped immediately. Reporting and approval requirements can vary depending on the type of organization cunducting the experiment, the type of device, and the frequencies used.  Use this as a guide for your reporting and approval requirements, submit any required information to us by the scheduled dates, and address any questions to npsfx@nps.edu.

Click here to submit your frequencies:

Frequency Management Survey

 

Is my device "Part 15" compliant?

"Part 15" refers to the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47, Chapter I, Subchapter A, Part 15

Many commercial RF devices are Part 15 compliant, and can be identified by the FCC logo on the device, and or a statement in the User's Manual.

Prototype devices can also be Part 15 compliant.  Compliance must be certified by a authorized Telecommuncations Certification Body (TCB)

Part 15 compliance certification only applies to devices operating in unlicensed bands under specific parameters.  If you are seeking Part 15 compliance certification, please consult the FCC's Spectrum Dashboard to determine if your device utilizes a licensed or unlicensed band, and Part 15 itself for requirements specific to the frequency band and type of device.  Neither JIFX, nor NPS can assist with obtaining Part 15 compliance certification.

 

For all NPS FX Experimenters:  

  • Report as much information as early as you can on your experiment proposal.  
  • If you are waiting for certifications, authorizations, or licenses; submit as much information as you currently have with your experiment proposal.  Then contact us at npsfx@nps.edu to update us on the status and additional information as you have it.  
  • Please note, that we cannot confirm your participation in JIFX untill all of the information is complete, and failure to submit this information by the required dates may prevent your participation in the corresponding event.  
  • If you cannot be approved for participation in a particular event, we encourage you to consider participation in our next quarterly event.

 

Instructions for Commercial, Academic and other non-U.S. Government Experimenters

  • Part 15 Compliant Devices
    • Army Requlation 5-12 (16 February 2016), Chapter 5, Section 3(5) governs the use of Part 15 compliant devices at NPS FX.  
    • Report devices on your experiment proposal.  Include the name, manufacturer, type, frequencies, bandwidth and power of the device.
    • For prototype devices, include the Part 15 compliance certification number, and the name of the TCB issuing the certification.
  • Other Devices

 

Instructions for U.S. Goverment Experimenters:

  • Part 15 Compliant Devices
    • Army Requlation 5-12 (16 February 2016), Chapter 5, Section 3(5) governs the use of Part 15 compliant devices at NPS FX.  
    • Report devices on your experiment proposal.  Include the name, manufacturer, type, frequencies, bandwidth and power of the device.
    • For prototype devices, include the Part 15 compliance certification number, and the name of the TCB issuing the certification.
  • Other Devices
    • Report the device on your experiment proposal.  Include the J/F-12 number from your approved DD Form 1494, along with the name, manufacturer, type, frequencies, bandwidth and power of the device.
    • The NPS FX staff will contact you for any additional information to complete the Standard Frequency Action Format (SFAF) documentation.

Every individual who will physically attend the event must register in order to be granted gate access and receive the necessary badging. Registrants from state, local, and federal government agencies are guaranteed acceptance. Non-government individuals not affiliated with an experiment proposal may register, however acceptance is not guaranteed.

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