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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)/Drones

All members of the university community are expected to comply with the applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding the outdoor operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones. This includes but is not limited to regulations issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In addition to FAA operational regulations, federal law also requires operators to register with the FAA all non-recreational drones operated outdoors and all recreational drones operated outdoors with maximum take-off weight greater than 250 grams. Drones owned by Carnegie Mellon should be registered with the FAA through the Carnegie Mellon Office of Risk Management and Insurance (ORMI). Operators should possess a physical copy of the FAA registration during any outdoor flight operations.

More information, including links to FAA regulations and the FAA registration site, is available from the Office of the General Counsel. Please email with any questions.

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