The long awaited updated SY45 policy has been approved by President’s Council. A huge thank you is in order to Lt. Matthew White, Dr. Mike Yukish and Ms. Candice Yekel for representing the policy so well at the President’s Council. The policy is published and can be found on the University’s policy website:
Some Policy Highlights:
REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL OPERATIONS OF UA:
All use of UA on University Property and all use of UA on non-University property by the University, its students and employees, or third party contractors or affiliates for University-Affiliated activities must abide by the following requirements:
- University UA Operations Manual. All UA operations on University Property or as part of a University-Affiliated activity must be conducted in accordance with the applicable federal, state, and local laws, as well as the University’s UA Operations Manual, which addresses issues such as training, pre- and post-flight procedures, flight logs, safety concerns and flight restrictions.
- Registration. All UA requiring registration with the FAA must also be registered with the University.
- Insurance. All registered UA must be insured unless the operation is being conducted by individual students as a model aircraft in accordance with 14 C.F.R. Part 101. Contractor’s evidence of insurance must be provided to and verified by the University’s Risk Management Office. UA operations by student organizations require insurance; however, student organizations are responsible for providing their own insurance.
- License. Operators must possess and supply their piloting credentials to the University prior to flight. Students operating under 14 C.F.R. Part 101 are not required to possess a remote pilot license, however, they are required to have completed the University’s UA Compliance Course.
- Safety. Use of UA shall not create an undue hazard to life or property, and they may not be operated in a way which invades privacy, unduly affects the environment of those working within a building, or those entering, exiting or walking around a facility or University Property. The UA must be under the control of the operator at all times.
- Permissions. UA Operators of UA operations that are part of a University-Affiliated Activity but not on University Property must receive documented permission from the property owner of the property where the UA operations will occur. Such permission shall be provided to the UA Operations Manager upon request.
- Accident Reporting. All accidents that result in injury or that cause property damage (other than to the UA itself) must be reported to the UA Operations Manager within 24 hours. Accidents that result in serious injury or property damage over $500 must be reported immediately. Details on reporting criteria and processes can be found at https://www.research.psu.edu/UasOperations. In addition, all injuries must be reported as outlined in Policy SY04, Employee Accidents – Reporting and Investigation, and SY05, Injuries to Any Person, And Reporting Incidents Involving Other Than Employees.
- Public Venues. UA may not be operated above public open-air events, inside University athletic and entertainment venues open to the public, or above thoroughfares without prior approval by the University.
- Airport. UA, operating as a model aircraft under Part 101, may not be operated within a 5 mile radius of any airport designated by the FAA, without prior notice by the operator of the UA to the airport operator and air traffic control tower. Site specific information may be found https://www.research.psu.edu/UasOperations.
- Third Party Operations. In addition to the aforementioned requirements, if a University unit arranges for a third party to operate a UA on University Property or for a University-Affiliated Activity,
a. The unit shall contact the Risk Management Office to ensure that the UA owner and operator has adequate liability insurance and takes the risk mitigation arrangements deemed appropriate.b. If a third party will be operating under their own FAA waiver or authorization, the third party will provide copy to the UA Operations Manager for prior approval.c. The third party shall provide documentation supporting the operator’s certification and medical readiness.
UA Operations Manager: The University shall designate an individual to serve as the UA Operations Manager. The UA Operations Manager shall be responsible for and have authority for approval of all UA Operations conducted at or by the University. The UA Operations Manager shall report to the Associate Vice President for Research, Director, ORP, on matters related to UA operations, and will regularly consult with the Assistant Vice President for Police and Public Safety.
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