Events to Celebrate National Drone Safety Awareness Week

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Office for Research Protections     |     Unmanned Aircraft Operations  

The Office for Research Protections is offering several events to celebrate National Drone Safety Awareness Week. See below for the line up of events and check-out the full article in Penn State News. If you are interested in attending any of the events, please sign-up using this link.

Monday, November 4, 2019, 3:00 – 4:20

Lightning Talks (working on firming up content topics and speakers). Topics include: 

  • 3:00 pm Capturing Artistic Drone Footage, Sam Newhouse, WPSU Videographer
  • 3:15 pm Recreational Flying, How to Have Fun Safely, Justin Valenti, Doctoral Candidate, Aerospace Engineering
  • 3:30 pm How Drones are Used in Police and Public Safety, Officer Trevor Stauffer
  • 3:45 pm Flying Drones at Penn State, Jenn Stewart, Unmanned Aircraft Operations Manager
  • 4:00 pm How Drones are Used in Agriculture, H.J. Sommer III, Ph.D., Professor, Fellow ASME
  • 4:15 pm Wrap-up

Sign-up here to attend this session.

Join this session via Zoom. Zoom room link and information:

Or Telephone:

    +1 646 876 9923 (US Toll)

    +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll)

    Meeting ID: 947 904 194


Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 2:30 – 4:00

Safety is (Y)Our Responsibility

Open House: Enjoy a few light refreshments and learn more about how Penn State practices safe flying with Unmanned Aircraft (UA). Meet the UA Operations team who processes all requests to fly at Penn State and our team of standardization pilots who conduct qualification flight checks with pilots. Stop by to say hi and to learn how to make a request to fly at Penn State, how to practice safe flying techniques, how qualification flight checks are conducted and how safety briefings are conducted post-accident or incident. Anyone is welcome to attend, even if you have already gone through a standardization check, are thinking of becoming a Penn State pilot or are only seeking safe flying practices for your own personal reasons. 

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

We’ll be featuring a number of drone-related articles that can be read on our blog: If you are interested in submitting a drone-related article, contact

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Thursday, November 7, 2019, 4:30 – 6:00

Keep it Simple, Keep it Safe 

Drone Safety Tap Hour at the Federal Tap House

Join a group of drone enthusiasts in discussing all things drone. Refreshments can be purchased on your own at the Federal Tap House in State College (there may be a better way to say this – we will not be financially covering the costs for any beverages).

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