Request to Operate UA at Penn State

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

NOTE: Please submit Flight Requests at least 1 Week prior to proposed flight date.  This gives the UA Operations Manager 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), UA flown within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS), flown strictly for recreation, etc.  Please review below for more guidance.

Please contact Penn State’s UA Operations Manager 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.