UAS, also known as drones, are unmanned aircraft used below the federal navigable airspace. They include associated support equipment, control station, data links, telemetry, communications and navigation equipment, etc. UAS may have a variety of names including quadcopter, quadrotor, etc.
The use of all unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on UC San Diego owned property and/or for official UC San Diego business must be reviewed and approved by the Department of Environment Health &Safety (EH&S) prior to flight. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, university contractors and visitors. The UC San Diego use authorization requirement also applies to all unmanned aircraft that do not meet the common definition of a drone (e.g., remote controlled blimps, model rockets, etc.).
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and UC San Diego require that all operators follow these steps prior to flight:
- Register your UAS online with the FAA.
- Submit a UC San Diego online Flight Request Form (no less than 72 hours prior to proposed flight).
- During the Flight Request review, provide any additional information upon request by EH&S*.
- Upon EH&S approval, comply with all FAA regulations and any additional UC San Diego flight precautions and restrictions.
- Submit a UC San Diego online UAS Post-Flight Reporting System Form within 1 week after your flight(s).
Note: All non-domestic UAS flight requests will also be reviewed for adherence to any applicable export administration regulations.
The UC Office of the President provides system-wide expertise, support and training for regulatory compliance, risk management and the safe operation of UASs. Please refer to UC Unmanned Aircraft Systems Safety for more detailed information, including applicable FAA regulations.
Please refer to campus map for property boundary lines.
UAS users should view the airspace map below before flying in order to determine risks.