UT Southern issues this procedure per the requirements of FI0137 – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“Drones”). This procedure will facilitate UT Southern’s compliance with FI0137 — Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“Drones”).
This procedure applies to all UT Southern employees.
- UAS Coordinator’s Approval Required
- No one may utilize a drone on UT Southern property or over UT Southern airspace without obtaining advance written approval from UT Southern’s UAS Coordinator.
- UT Southern employees who want to operate a drone must submit their request to UT Southern’s UAS Coordinator at least 14 calendar days in advance of their intended use.
- UT Southern’s UAS Coordinator may develop written forms/documentation to help facilitate their review under this procedure.
- Restrictions on Approved Use
- The UT Southern UAS Coordinator may issue restrictions on UAS use when providing approval for use.
- If the UAS Coordinator approves of the request to operate a UAS, the operator must comply with FI0137 — Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“Drones”), this procedure, and any restrictions imposed by the UAS Coordinator.
- UAS operators must:
- Give way to manned aircraft at all times.
- Ensure that they do not fly above 400 feet at any time.
- Ensure that they stop operations immediately if the UAS appears to be malfunctioning and resume operations only when the UAS is functioning properly.
- Ensure that the UAS does not fly faster than 100 miles per hour.
- Ensure that the operator or a team member maintains constant visual contact with the UAS.
- Immediately stop operating a UAS if law enforcement, emergency responders, or similar public safety officials arrive where the operator is located or under an area where the UAS will fly.
- Immediately report all accidents to the UAS Coordinator, regardless of whether the accident caused damage to property, people, animals, or the UAS itself.
- Not operate a UAS within 300 feet of a crane, utility vehicle, or any vehicle where an operator will utilize the vehicle to raise people or objects into the air.
- Airport and Heliport Requirements
- Federal law limits UAS operations near airports and heliports. UAS operators must contact air traffic control and airport authorities before flying within 5 miles of an airport or heliport.
Penalties/Disciplinary Action for Non-Compliance
Violating this procedure could result in adverse human resource actions, up to and including termination. Individuals who obtain UAS Coordinator approval to operate a drone assume personal responsibility for complying with all applicable laws and regulations. If a UAS operator violates applicable laws or regulations, the operator will be personally responsible for any resulting consequences.
Responsible Official & Additional Contacts Josie Brown, Director of Campus Security email@example.com
Related Policies/Guidance Documents
FI0137 (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) FI0405 (Procurement)
FI0600 (Equipment—Sensitive Minor) FI0605 (Equipment)