sUAS User’s Manual

Publication Number
M 3134
Publication Version
M 3134.05
Publication Date
Manual Manager
Eddy Hensley, Aviation Planner
Aviation Division

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) plans to implement the use of Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) for several of its programs in support of its mission “to be the best in providing a sustainable and integrated multimodal transportation system.” In order to ensure public safety, employee safety and regulatory compliance, while carrying out sUAS activities, WSDOT has developed this sUAS User’s Manual. This manual is designed to address the most common sUAS activities, and applies to all sUAS activities conducted by WSDOT personnel or contractors during the course of their job duties.

Slow down on ice and snow.

It's easier to skid or lose control traveling at higher speeds. Give yourself more time to stop.

Carry chains, practice installing them.

Winter conditions could mean chains are required on your route. Practice putting them on your vehicle ahead of time.

Pack your winter car kit.

Carry extra supplies like warm clothing, ice scraper and brush, jumper cables and other emergency items.