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Four Questions About Drone Use on Campus
Syracuse University has instituted guidelines regarding the use of drones on campus. These guidelines were established to help the University community operate drones safely, responsibly, and legally. We recently turned to Michaele DeHart, director of Risk Management, for answers on some commonly asked questions. For more information about drone use on campus, check http://riskmanagement.syr.edu/policies-and-procedures/drones/.
01What are the requirements to fly a drone on campus?
All flight requests are to be made through the Office of Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance, and reviewed for approval prior to the flight. We ask that the request include details on the purpose for the flight, a flight plan along with documentation of proper registration and insurance ( for third party vendor flights). In addition, a Department of Public Safety Law Enforcement or Fire and Life Safety officer must be present with the operator for the duration of the flight. All flights must comply with FAA regulations.
02You had mentioned third party vendors. Are there different requirements based on the operators affiliation with the University?
Yes, and along with third party vendors, requirements are different based on your affiliation whether faculty, student or staff. The drone use web page has more information.
03If my flight is approved, what safety guidelines do I need to follow?
Drone pilots must operate in accordance with a community-based set of guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization. The drone must weigh less than 55 pounds, never interfere with any manned aircraft and always be flown within the operator’s line-of-sight. Again, drone flights must comply with FAA regulations
04Does the flight have to be for educational purposes?
The only permitted fights are those for educational or operational purposes.