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Drone Safety, Operational Training Now Available

sUAS training for operators or sponsors affiliated with Princeton University is now available on the Employee Learning Center.

The eLearning course, “sUAS Training For Operators at Princeton,” includes information on how to request permission to fly at Princeton, safety and operational guidelines, University policies, FAA requirements and preferred locations for flights on campus. 

A section of the training covers TRFs (temporary flight restrictions), which frequently affect the Princeton campus and surrounding area.  

TFRs: What They Are, Why They Matter

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. No operation of sUAS is permitted within a TFR zone. 

Students Explore Ecology Close to Home

Since last year, Princeton students have been doing intensive field work to study the impact of land-use change over a diverse and fast-changing landscape of forest, field, stream and lake. 

What might be surprising is that all this work was done right here at Princeton. Undertaken in partnership with Facilities and the Office of Sustainability, the research is part of the Campus as a Lab project, which uses the Princeton campus as a living laboratory to tackle global problems. 

Former White House Tech Advisor Outlines Security, Privacy Debates Around UAS

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The tension between security concerns and the rights of UAS users was at the core of a conversation between guest speaker Terah Lyons and students of Marshini Chetty’s spring 2017 computer science class, “These Aren’t The Drones You Are Looking For: Mitigating the Privacy and Security Implications of Drones.”

Princeton Students Build Apps Centered on Addressing Privacy Implications of Drone Use

by Oluseyi O. Fasoranti

As drones become more pervasive on college campuses and other locations for a diverse range of applications, discussions on their impact on the security and privacy within communities are beginning to take place. One potential concern, for example, are that some drones can be used to take video footage of private spaces where it is expected that there would be reasonable levels of privacy. Bystanders might also be interested for security reasons in knowing what drones are flying within their airspace, what type of data they are collecting and how this will be retained and shared. 

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