The University of Vermont recognizes that Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, are gaining in popularity in recreation, research, and commercial use. Operating these aircraft on campus can be difficult for a number of reasons including our close proximity to Patrick Leahy International Airport (the state's busiest) and the City of Burlington. Flight operations are complex and require a great deal of planning and preparation. As such, UVM has a policy which allows UAS operation with approval by a committee known as the UAS Working Group. The goal is to provide opportunities to utilize this technology when it is done in a safe and responsible manner. We are not currently allowing students to operate drones on campus for recreational or hobby flying but we are working with students to develop a Drone Club.
Please refer to the Unmanned Aircraft (Drones and Model Aircraft) University Operating Procedure (PDF) for guidance on UAS operations on campus or flying off campus when representing the University of Vermont.
If you would like to apply to fly UAS on campus for commercial or research purposes please fill out the UAS Application Packet (PDF). Return instructions are included. This will be reviewed by the UAS working group and returned with approval, disapproval, or with approval pending modifications.
Students interested in UAS operations can apply to work for the University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Lab. The lab runs the University's Unmanned Aircraft Systems team, a leading research and disaster response team using UAS.