Request to Operate UAS at Penn State

All personnel wishing to operate UAS (i.e., drones) on Penn State property or as part of a Penn State activity must submit the request form below to the UAS Operations Management Team.  Depending on the proposed operations, additional approvals from Risk Management and Strategic Communications may be needed prior to flight along with approval from UAS Operations Management Team.

NOTE: Please submit Flight Requests at least 1 Week prior to proposed flight date.  This gives the UAS Ops Team adequate time to thoroughly review requests and provide response.  Thank you.

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*Personnel Flying under FAA Part 101 (Hobby/Recreation) must “Operate in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization,” i.e., the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).  Other requirements include Calling Airport Air Traffic Control Tower when operating within 5 Miles of an Airport (UPark), UAS flown within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS), flown strictly for recreation, etc.  Please review below for more guidance.

Please contact Eugene Matullo at if you have any questions. Those items marked with an asterisk are required.


Third Party Operators capturing content will need approval from the Office of Strategic Communications prior to use of content.

Additional approvals may be needed based on proposed operations.