Q. If i'm an off-campus entity, can I operate a UAS on campus?
A. Yes, with proper notification. All UAS operations must notify UPD (801-585-COPS (2677)) and Air Med (801-581-2500) 30 minutes prior to flight and request permission to take-off and land on campus using the flight request form below. Pilots using UAS for commercial purposes must be licensed and have a valid certificate of insurance (COI).
Q. If I'm a department on campus, can I fly my own drone?
A. The University has several licensed drone pilots, who we prefer you hire for your project. University pilots are available at a rate starting at $125/hour. Alternately, if you adhere to the requirements below and submit the request form permissions for flights may be granted on a case-by-case scenario.
Q. Can I fly over Rice-Eccles Stadium during an event?
A. No. Drones are not allowed inside Rice-Eccles Stadium per FAA regulation. NOTAM 4/3621 restricts the use of aircraft, including drones, within 3 nautical mile radius and 3,000 feet in altitude above events at stadiums with a capacity of more than 30,000 persons. Temporary flight restrictions are in place one hour before gates open, during the event, and one hour after the conclusion of the event.
Q. How do I request a licensed campus drone pilot?
A. To request a licensed University pilot, fill out this form. University pilots are available for hire at a rate starting at $125./hour. All requests must be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance of your desired flight time. This request does not guarantee a pilot will be available.
Q. Can I hire a third party to get aerial photography or video of campus
A. Third parties are allowed to operate UAS on campus, pending approval of their flight request form. Strong preference is given to licensed pilots that are affiliated with the University. You can request a University pilot by filling out this form.
Requirements for Drone Flights
- Fill out and submit UAS flight request form (below)
- Call University Police Dispatch 30 minutes before flight (801-585-COPS (2677))
- Call the AirMed flight operations center 30 minutes before flight and at the conclusion of your flight (801-581-2500)
- Confirm environmental compliance with FAA standards (https://www.faa.gov/uas/where_to_fly/airspace_restrictions/)
- Confirm you are not invading "no-fly zones" (https://www.faa.gov/uas/where_to_fly/no_drone_zone/)
- Review and confirm compliance with Small UAS Rule (Part 107) (https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/Part_107_Summary.pdf)
- Download and install B4UFLY Mobile App for up-to-date flight rules and regulations (https://www.faa.gov/uas/where_to_fly/b4ufly/)
- Any questions about FAA rules and regulations visit https://www.faa.gov/uas/
- Notify all applicable agencies as outlined by the FAA based on your flight path (air traffic control centers, air ports, local authorities, etc.)
If you are a third-party pilot (not affiliated with the university), you will need a valid certificate of insurance to use your UAS on campus.