Drones/Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAVs)
Weber State University Drones/UAV (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle) Information
Weber State University has established the following requirements and rules to comply with relevant state law as well as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which regulates operations of unmanned aircraft vehicles. Compliance to these requirements will ensure safety and privacy of the University community.
University-owned drones/UAV must be registered with Risk Management and the FAA. They also must be insured. All Weber State University-owned drone flights and/or other flights on Weber State University property must be pre-approved.
Personal (recreational or hobbyist) use of drones at Weber State University property is prohibited at all times. Use of drones to take photographs or videos for personal use is prohibited.
Drone/Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Flight Requirements/Rules
Prior to flying a University-owned drone or any other drone for University purposes, you must obtain approvals and meet the following requirements as soon as practicable, but at least five business days in advance of your scheduled drone flight
- Obtain required approvals from Risk Management
- Provide a copy of pilot license or remote pilot certificate. FAA approval to fly drones (Section 333 Exemption letter and/or Certificate of Waiver or Authorization/COA)
- Provide proof of Drone/UAS Certificate of Registration
- Provide proof of insurance ($1M/$3M aggregate) naming Weber State University as additional insured (for non-WSU owned drone flights).
- Proof of notification to Ogden Airport and Life Flight (for Ogden campus flights). Notification is required to any helipad within 2 nautical miles and any airport within 5 nautical miles.
- Flights should be limited to 400 feet altitude and no faster than 100 mph.
- Flights must take place during the day. The FAA prohibits flights when visibility is low.
- Survey flight path and avoid obstructions, power lines, trees, etc. and provide flight plan (where, when).
- The operator must assess weather conditions and locations where there are people to lessen risks of injury and losses if he/she loses control of the UAV.
- The operator must discontinue the flight when continuing would pose a hazard to people or other property.
- Establish a safe area of at least 200 sq. ft. identified as a landing zone. This area must be free of people, trees, towers, power lines, and other obstructions.
- Pilot must maintain constant visual contact with the aircraft. We strongly encourage there be at least two individuals during the flight, one piloting the aircraft and the other ensuring safety.
- The drone/UAV may not fly over people
- Operators must stay out of restricted airspace areas and obey any FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs).
- Meet all other institutional, state, and federal requirements