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Staff Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can provide a number of services for official university business, however, they do not qualify for recreational use.

Minimum Requirements

  • UAS registration (non-recreational)
  • Sport or private pilot certificate
  • Section 333 exemption
  • Certificate of authorization (COA)

Promotional Video or Journalism

Flights for university videos or journalism require compliance with Section 333 exemption rules. This requires the UAS operator to have a sport or private pilot certificate as well as coordinate with the Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety for authorization. Flying over people is prohibited and special care is required to ensure that flights are not occurring in restricted airspace (for example, too close to an airport).

Construction or Facilities Management

Flights in conjunction with construction or facilities management also require compliance with Section 333 exemption rules. This requires the UAS operator to have a sport or private pilot certificate as well as coordinate with the Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety for authorization. Flying over people is prohibited and special care is required to ensure that flights are not occurring in restricted airspace (for example, too close to an airport).

Motion Picture or Closed-Set Filming

In a closed-set filming scenario, additional allowances are available, including flying over participants. The operator must be a veteran UAS operator with a minimum of 25 flight hours, in addition to coordinating with the Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety for authorization.