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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

New FAA Rules Coming Into Effect
Sept. 30, 2019

New FAA rules for flying drones were instituted in 2018 and are in the process of coming into effect. Most relevant to educational flyers are the updated “special rule” recreational drone standards.

TFRs: What They Are, Why They Matter
Sept. 5, 2018

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) are issued by the FAA for various hazards (such as wildfires), security reasons and presidential or vice-presidential travel.

The latter type, called VIP TFRs, consist of rings of restricted airspace extending out three nautical miles from the vice president and 30 nautical miles from the president…

News and Events

Amazon Prime Air launches drone delivery service just before Christmas
Jan. 4, 2023

Lockeford, Calif. and College Station, Texas saw the first Amazon package deliveries via drone on Christmas Eve 2022.

Drone-Mounted Sensors Can Help Fight Wildfires
Aug. 30, 2022

Drones Can detect arcing in rugged areas that are tough for helicopters and airplanes to reach, as well as identify maintenance needs before problems emerge. 

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