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Become a Drone Pilot
New FAA policy allows people to become pilots by taking a simple exam.
Risk Summit photo
Risk summit
Attending Risk Summit to inform people how to opperate drones safely
Curious Cows
Drones capture the interest of curious cows on the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve.
UC Merced New Beginnings statue and main quad
The Beginnings Statue
Drones are used for a veriety of reasons. One is to take aierial photos.

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Where to fly at UC Merced:

Location Availability Best Use
North Bowl No Longer Available All
Carol Tomlinson-Keasey Quad By Special Request Only Special Events
Vernal Pool Reserve By Appointment Research or Classroom Activity Only
Lake Yosemite At County Discretion Club or Recreation

The Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety (UASSafety) provides systemwide expertise, support and training for regulatory compliance, risk management and the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, across the University of California system.



University of California Systemwide Guidance

UC systemwide guidance and additional documentation can be found here

UAS cannot be flown on UC Merced property without prior approval. Please use the UC Merced UAS Flight Request form to submit a request.

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