CAPLA Drone User Policy

CAPLA’s School of Planning and Landscape Architecture has a drone that is available to their graduate students. Please review the policies before reserving the drone

What are the steps for using the drone?

  • Being trained and certified by one of CAPLA drone instructors
  • Must provide a use case explanation (Must include the following)
    • Operator(s) Name, email and cell phone number. Only the listed operators will be allowed to use the drone
    • Location(s) of the drone flight
    • Letter giving permission for each location
    • Reservation time
  • Printed copy of startup checklist or DJI pre-flight checklist app installed

If you are using the drone on campus there are a number of steps you must take. Below are links to the UA Drone Policies and other important links.

University of Arizona Drone Policy

The operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones, has become increasingly popular for a growing number of educational, commercial, and safety purposes.   UAS also offer significant teaching and research opportunities at the University of Arizona. At the same time, UAS present health, safety, and environmental risks, as well as privacy concerns that must be balanced with the University’s other missions. UAS are also heavily regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The operation of drones on campus is managed by UA’s Risk Management Department. More information is available below.

UA Drone Approval Request

By submitting a Drone Approval Request you agree to all terms and conditions as defined by RMS.

The operation of unmanned aircraft systems including drones and model aircraft is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and relevant state law. This document is intended to establish procedures required to ensure compliance with those legal obligations and to reduce risks to safety, security, and privacy.  Recreational use of UAS on campus is prohibited on or above UA property.

The University of Arizona must comply with FAA requirements, state law, and any other locally applicable laws or regulations regarding unmanned aircraft systems.  Also, inherent risks in the operation of such equipment require additional insurance provisions and policy considerations.

Additional Links

Obtaining your Commercial Remote Pilot (Drone) License

Airman Knowledge Testing (AKT) Centers



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