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Date:      October 10, 2016

To:         UVM Community

From:    Tom Gustafson, Vice President for University Relations and Administration

Subject: Interim Drone University Operating Procedure (UOP)

“Drones” or “Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)” continue to capture national attention for their positive contributions (natural disaster aid); and for negative reasons (illegal flights) within Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) protected airspace.

To ensure compliance with the FAA’s regulations and the safety of the UVM community and campus visitors, UVM has developed and published an Interim Drone University Operating Procedure (UOP) that proscribes the required pre-flight application and approval process that
UVM employees, students, contractors, commercial businesses, affiliates, and members of the public must follow to obtain prior approval to operate a Drone/UAS on either the UVM campus and/or at UVM sponsored off-campus events.

The UAS UOP (including required application) can be found on the UVM website at  http://www.uvm.edu/policies/general_html/drones.pdf. Please keep in mind that “recreational” or “hobby” UAS and/or model aircraft flying is not permitted on the UVM campus, and/or at UVM sponsored off-campus events.

The UAS application and associated forms can also be found on the UVM website at https://www.uvm.edu/sites/default/files/UAS%20application%20packet%20w%20forms%2008.25.16.pdf

Questions regarding the UAS UOP and/or the application and approval process should be directed to Al Turgeon, the University’s Chief Risk Officer (CRO) and Chair of the UVM’s UAS Work Group.

Please forward this memo to individuals you know who are interested in flying Drones/UAS at UVM, and encourage them to contact Al. He can be reached by email at [log in to unmask], and by phone at 802.656.9904.