An issue of growing importance to college & university police and security agencies across California has been addressed in part by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.
“We expect hundreds of thousands of model unmanned aircraft will be purchased this holiday season,” said FAA Administrator Huerta. “Registration gives us the opportunity to educate these new airspace users before they fly so they know the airspace rules and understand they are accountable to the public for flying responsibly.”
For the rest of this important announcement, and the link to the registration outlet provided by the FAA, visit http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=19856.
CCUPCA continues to study the “drone culture” and its implications for higher education’s future security. UAS use over college campus properties can represent immediate safety concerns and raises significant security vulnerabilities at special events, during tactical and emergency conditions, and privacy issues in residential facilities, as well as research exposure threats among laboratories and similar settings. CCUPCA encourages you to share your institution’s interests and concerns regarding UAS use by contacting the CCUPCA Legislative Chair, Stan Skipworth.