Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) at FSU
The Federal Aviation Administration and relevant state and federal laws regulate the operation of unmanned aircraft systems, including drones and model aircraft. Additionally, both the Department of State (under International Traffic in Arms Regulations or ITAR) and the Department of Commerce (under Export Administration Regulations or EAR) regulate export control over various forms of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technology. Florida State University will ensure compliance with those legal obligations for the safety and welfare of its students, employees, and visitors.
Questions should be addressed to Edwin "Hank" Jacob, Lieutenant, FSU Department of Public Safety; (850) 644-2391.
NOTE: Because the University's Main and Southwest Campuses are located within a 5-mile radius of the Tallahassee International Airport, FSU will NOT approve flight operations for this area unless a Part 107 Waiver has been approved by the FAA. The FAA's review and decision-making process may take as long as 90 days. Consult the FAA website for additional information on requesting this waiver.
- FSU Policy 4-OP-E-7: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operation (Revised Effective 08/07/17)
- Drone Use Brochure
- Procedures for Requesting Approval for Flight Operations (08/10/17)
- FSU Flight Approval Request Form (08/31/17)
- FSU Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Evaluation Board (08/10/17)
- FSU Public Certificate of Authorization (COA) 2015-ESA-31-COA (Expires 04/20/18)
- Types of UAS Use on FSU Property
- Which Authorization to Use
- FAQ Related to Use of Drones at FSU 08/01/17
- FSU Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program
- FSU Center for Disaster Risk Policy
- FAA FAQ
- FAA Advisory Circular 00-1.1A, Public Aircraft Operations, (PDF) 02/12/14
- FAA Clarification of June 13, 2014 Interpretation on Research Using UAS (PDF), 07/03/14
- FAA Clarification of UAS Operations by Public Universities for Aeronautical Research (PDF), 06/13/14
- FAA Clarification on Educational Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PDF), 05/04/16