The current SY-45 policy is out of date, and will be replace shortly. If you want to fly in the interim, contact the UAS Ops Management team at email@example.com and we will coordinate. In preparation for when the SY-45 update is finally released, the policy when issued will basically be structured as follows:
- All flying on Penn State property will need to be by students or employees, or overseen by employees if it involves non-Penn Staters (e.g., UAS contractors). Those not affiliated with Penn State who are flying without prior coordination will be considered tresspassing.
- All flying by Penn Staters, operating under Penn State auspices, will need to comply with this policy no matter where they are flying.
- Educational or hobby flying will be permitted, with activities governed by Part 101.
- All other flying will be under Part 107 or other Certificate of Authorization (COA). This means the operator will need a Remote Pilot Certificate and proof of medical readiness (unless a specific COA permits otherwise).
- All Penn State UAS will need to be registered with the FAA, and then with the University. Penn State will insure the UAS.
- All accidents that cause personal or property damage to other than the UAS must be reported to the UAS Ops Management team within 24 hours – report immediately if over $500 in damage or serious injury.
- Some sites require waivers to fly at (e.g., University Park, Behrend). We may also acquire waivers for altitude or other operations if requested. The UAS Ops Management team will acquire the waivers, and disseminate them through the https://www.research.psu.edu/UasOperations site. In general, before flying on Penn State property, visit this site for status.
- You will need to notify campus police prior to flying.
- No flying over people, both outdoors and indoors, without prior approval.
- If flying under Part 101 hobby rules, and within 5 miles of an airport with a tower, e.g., University Park, you must call the tower first and notify them.
- The operator of the UAS (not the owner!) is ultimately responsible for compliance, and is the ultimate authority on the UAS operation.
- There will be a Penn State UAS Compliance Course available on-line, that all operators (for hire or hobby) will need to complete prior to flying. This will ensure you know the rules.
UAS flying in the United States is entering a brave new world, and the rules governing them will be a moving target for some time. When in doubt, give the UAS Ops Team a shout and we will work to get you in the air as safely and quickly as possible!