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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS aka Drones)

Prior to Submitting a Request

Approval Process

Approval is required for any person or entity wishing to operate a UAS/drone on any property owned or operated by South Dakota State University (SDSU), an entity of the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR). SDSU strives to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for the public as well as students, faculty and staff. This process is part of that commitment.
  • FAA Regulations Part 107 (These are the regulations to which our standard UAS operations must adhere.)
  • When submitting your request, please be sure to give ample time for review and questions. 
    • A minimum of 14 days is required.
In order to complete the UAS operations request you will need to be able to upload the following:
  • Proof of Operator Training (D.O.T./F.A.A. Remote Pilot Certificate - front and back)
  • Proof of Observer Training
  • Emergency Response Plan and Accident Response Plan
  • Proof of Insurance
Additionally, you will need to be able to provide the following information:
  • UAS Platform (Fixed Wing, Rotary, etc.)
  • Manufacturer and model number
  • Gross Weight
  • Maximum Operational Range
Note: If the flight area is within five (5) miles of an airport or registered helicopter pad, once approved by SDSU, you must alert them.
The links below will take you to a DocuSign form. This is the only way to submit a request. Incomplete requests will be returned, unapproved and a new application will need to be submitted.

Additional Information/Resources

Know Before You Fly is an education campaign founded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to educate prospective users about the safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).