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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.

Federal Information

FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Home Page

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Unmanned Aircraft Program

White House Fact Sheet: New Commitments to Accelerate the Safe Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, 08/02/16

NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration) Voluntary Best Practices for UAS Privacy, Transparency, and Accountability (PDF) 06/21/16

Contact Us

Research Compliance
Diana Key, Director
2021 Westcott North
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1330
Ph: (850) 644-8648
Fax: (850) 645-0108