Drones

Introduction:

All drone flights on or above University owned or operated property must comply with current federal, state, and local laws, Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) regulations, policies, and University guidelines. The University will only approve drone flights on or above University property for University-related business. Recreational use of drones is not permitted on or above University owned or operated property. The Office of Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance provides guidance to the University community on the use of drones for University-related business. The guidelines and approvals required for drone flights on campus depend on the purpose of the flight and category of operator.

General Requirements:

  • Recreational flights on or above University property are prohibited.
  • All flight requests will be made through The Office of Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance, and reviewed for approval prior to the flight.
  • All  flight requests will include:
    • Rationale / purpose for the flight
    • A flight plan including launch location, time of flight, path of flight, landing location, landing time.
    • Documentation of registration of the UAS with the FAA
    • Documentation of insurance (third party vendor flights only)
  • Approved flights require:
    • The presence of a Department of Public Safety Law Enforcement or Fire and Life Safety officer present for the duration.  Costs associated with such presence will be borne by the user or user’s department.
      • DPS will notify the building coordinators for each building impacted by the potential flight.
    • Verification of notification to SUNY Upstate Medical University’s helipad manager
    • Adherence to all FAA regulations associated with UAS