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Flying a sUAS at Princeton

Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), also referred to as drones, model airplanes or remote control aircraft, are controlled aircraft without an onboard pilot. In higher education, the uses for sUAS are growing rapidly as technology advances and changes in federal regulations make possible a wide array of applications in research, education, and operations.

Princeton University has instituted procedures and policies for the use of sUAS, and follows the latest FAA guidance in setting rules for sUAS operation. Policies are designed to ensure that use of sUAS by students and researchers on campus is conducted in a safe, responsible manner. Use of sUAS that is intrusive of personal privacy, or endangers the security of anyone in the Princeton community, will not be tolerated.
To learn more about how sUAS technology is being used at Princeton, check out our blog

Blog: Updates From the Field

Drone Flights For Research, Recreation Move to Forrestal
March 16, 2022

With the beginning of construction on the Lake Campus Development in West Windsor, Princeton University has suspended the use of the recreational area south of Lake Carnegie known as West Windsor Fields. As a result, the Princeton small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) program has arranged for flights to move to the James Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro.

New FAA Rules Require Certification For All Drone Pilots
Aug. 27, 2021

Whether you are flying a drone for recreation, education or business purposes, the FAA now requires certification through one of several options. 

News and Events

As drone popularity increases, feds look to rein in bad behavior
Dec. 6, 2021

The Salem, Va., firefighters were standing outside on a summer day in 2019 when a drone — its blades whirling in a high-pitched whine — headed right for them, sending them scurrying, authorities said.

FAA Announces Recreational Drone Pilot Safety Test
June 28, 2021

The FAA has launched its long-awaited The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) program for recreational drone flyers. All recreational flyers must pass an aeronautical knowledge and safety test and provide proof of test passage to the FAA or law enforcement upon request.

For emergencies, call Public Safety at 911. Report any crash, injury or property damage to Environmental Health & Safety at 609-258-5294.