First and foremost, ODU's main campus and that of the Peninsula and Virginia Beach Higher Education Centers are located within a 5 mile radius of a military airport installation. All Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operated for business or recreational purposes within a five mile radius of a military airport cannot be operated without the military providing explicit permission. Likewise, operations within five miles of a civilian airport requires similar approvals. The ODU Office of Risk Management is responsible for requesting flight permission for UAS operations.
To address the use of drones on campus, ODU has established Policy #3015: Unmanned Aircraft System aka Drones, Aerials and Other Powered Model Aircraft. Students, Faculty, Staff, Vendors and Guests who plan to operate a drone on or over property owned or controlled by ODU are required to abide by this policy.
Commercial & Hobbyist Flights
The FAA has broken the flight operations into two basic sections:
The first is Commercial and it is known as Part 107. If you are flying for someone else and receiving any monetary or other valuable property as payment for your flight services (flight services may include still or motion photography, surveys, mapping, etc..) or you are flying to use the product of your flight for personal or business gain, then you are flying for commercial purposes. As such, you are required by Part 107 to hold a Remote Pilot in Command License and register your UAS/Drone with the FAA.
Next is Recreational aka Hobbyist. You are considered a recreational user if you fly your drone for fun. It is important to know when and where you can fly and how to register your drone.
- Register your UAS/Drone at https://www.faa.gov
- Mark your registration number on the outside of your drone according to the instructions found HERE.
- Follow the Safety guidelines established by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).
- When flying at ODU, follow the University UAS Policy #3015.
- Follow FAA rules found at: https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/.
To Fly a UAS/Drone on Campus You Must:
APPLY FOR ODU OPERATOR'S PERMIT
Key to this process is a requirement to obtain an ODU-issued operator's permit prior to operation of a drone on the campus or other property owned or controlled by the University. To apply, operators must complete a UAS/Drone Request Form and submit via email to the Office of Risk Management at email@example.com. To complete this form, you need proof of FAA Registration and proof of UAS/Drone Insurance.
COMPLETE FAA REGISTRATION
Commercial operators and hobbyists (operators flying for fun) are required to register their drone with the FAA via the FAA Registration Form and submit a copy of their registration card or certificate to the Office of Risk Management when applying for a permit.
GET UAS/DRONE INSURANCE
In addition, operators are required to have and maintain UAS/Drone insurance coverage. Most commercial liability policies and personal homeowners and renters policies exclude liability coverage for UAS/Drone operation. Therefore, operators will need to secure coverage separately.
- Commercial operators will need to provide a Certificate of Insurance showing at least $2,000,000 in coverage and include Old Dominion University as an additional insured on its UAS/Drone Aviation coverage.
- Hobbyist operators need to provide evidence of insurance coverage as well, and can work with the ODU Drone Club to obtain Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) membership, which includes the coverage ODU requires.
- Other UAS operators needing to obtain UAS/Drone insurance may contact Global Aerospace, an aviation insurance company offering on-demand UAS/Drone insurance coverage for around $10 per hour.
Any questions about UAS/Drone operation at ODU can be directed to the Office of Risk Management at 757-683-4009 or firstname.lastname@example.org.