Appalachian State University encourages the use of innovative forms of technology to achieve the University’s goals of effective education, research, communication and operations. For the safety and privacy of our students, faculty, staff and visitors, Appalachian prohibits the use of drones for recreational purposes by anyone, and prohibits the use of drones by third-parties without affiliation with and consent from the University.
Faculty, staff, students, and third-party vendors who wish to operate UAS over campus for reasons of education, research, communication and operations can follow the process below to apply for approval.
Things to do before you apply to fly on campus
- Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center*
*A person who already holds a pilot certificate issued under 14 CFR part 61 and has successfully completed a flight review within the previous 24 months can complete a part 107 online training course at www.faasafety.gov to satisfy this requirement.
- Take and pass NCDOT's UAS Knowledge Test and then apply for a state permit.
- Apply and obtain valid NC UAS Commercial Operators Permit
- Register UAS with FAA at https://registermyuas.faa.gov
How to apply to fly on campus
- Read Appalachian's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Policy.
- Fill out the required UAS Approval Form, and submit as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your application will be reviewed by members of the UAS Approval Committee, and you will be notified of approval. Please allow seven days for the approval process.
General rules to follow
- Follow all State and Federal rules and regulations.
- Follow Appalachian State University's UAS policy.