The protocol for flying university-owned aircraft outside university-controlled property doesn't require that the UAS Oversight Committee approve each operation; however, operators must follow all federal, state, and local laws.
The overlapping regulations can be confusing and sometimes contradictory; the UAS Safety Office can help you navigate those restrictions to ensure that your operation is permissible, successful, and safe.
The basic requirements for Virginia Tech flight still apply:
- Obtain a Part 107 FAA Remote Pilot Certificate or meet specific FAA flight authorization qualifications.
- Complete Virginia Tech UAS Training; contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the UAS Safety Office.
- Register your aircraft with the UAS Safety Office (this will also put it on file with the Office of Insurance and Risk Management).
Commercial and third-party operations will have additional requirements; see here.
Questions? Contact the UAS Safety Office.