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Vernal Pool Reserve
Vernal Pool Reserve in the Spring
New Beginnings Statue
The New Beginnings statue located in the main quad.
UC Merced Panorama
This panorama was a byproduct of a flight requested by TAPS to capture the new parking lot.
First Night Flight
Image taken on first flight under waiver 107.29.
Become a Drone Pilot
New FAA policy allows people to become pilots by taking a simple exam.

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Where to fly at UC Merced: (Updated: 4/2022)

Location Availability Best Use
Carol Tomlinson-Keasey Quad By Special Request Only Special Events
Buildout Land When available General purpose research or classroom activity
Vernal Pool Reserve By Appointment Vernal Pool Research Only
Lake Yosemite Between Sunrise & Sunset 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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