Due to proximity to the local airport and the fact that it has an operating control tower, the majority of the Penn State University Park campus is located in what is known as Class D airspace. Therefore, before flight operations under Part 107 could commence, we required a waiver, which was finally received in early April. The waiver is restrictive, though, in where exactly we can fly and and what altitudes. Below is a map of the area we can fly, in the shaded region. The lat-long of the six corners are also given. The maximum altitude to fly in this airspace is 200ft AGL (above ground level). Note that to fly under this waiver, you have to be compliant with the rest of Part 107, i.e., hold a Remote Pilot license and comply with its rules. You also need to comply with SY45 in its updated form, listed below. Finally, shoot us an email before you fly, and we will get you into the air safely.
If you are flying under Part 101 (students for hobby or education) then the restrictions below do not apply, however, you are required to call the airport tower and inform them of your flying since you are within 5 miles of the airport. The airport tower phone number is: 814-865-1941. Before you call, be prepared to tell them who, what, when, where, how long, and how to reach you. Also, if you are going to fly on campus, you must submit a request to Fly @ PSU to the UAS Operations Management Team. We will work with you to get you into the air safely. Contact us at email@example.com.
Here are the lat-longs in text form for copying…
40°49’N, 77°53’W 40°49’N, 77°51’W
40°47’N, 77°51’W 40°47’N, 77°54’W
40°48’N, 77°54’W 40°48’N, 77°53’W