The use of drones in research holds many promising applications; from agriculture to environmental sciences, work with unmanned air systems (UAS) is "taking off" at Penn State (July 2016 article). FAA regulations apply to the use of UAS, and all personnel wishing to operate UAS (i.e., drones) on Penn State property or as part of a Penn State activity must submit a request form to the UAS Operations Management Team. Earlier this spring, Penn State hired Eugene Matullo as its UAS Operations Manager; Eugene works in the Office for Resarch Protections and was hired to oversee and manage all UAS activity under the auspices of Penn State. What does this mean for UAS operators? If you would like to fly UAS at Penn State—including the Commonwealth campuses—or fly UAS as part of a Penn State activity, a request will need to be reviewed and approved by the UAS Management Team prior to conducting flight.
We want folks to get up in the air as fast as possible; however, we also need to make sure folks will be flying safely, responsibly, and in accordance with all regulatory and institutional requirements. Please check out the UAS website for additional information related to PSU’s UAS Program. If you plan on operating UAS at Penn State, please fill out the "request to operate" form and submit to UAS Operations Management team for review and approval.