Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

UMBC is unable to permit the operation of any UAS/UAV/Drone on campus, as we are within BWI Airport Class B airspace and the restricted flight area of Washington, DC.  We are working to locate other possible areas in which flight may be permitted, and encourage members of the UMBC research community to contact Environmental Safety and Health (safety@umbc.edu) for assistance with their research-related flight requests. The Office of Research Protections and Compliance (complaince@umbc.edu)  can also provide support with the processing of these requests

The University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site offers researchers, students, government and industry access to extensive resources and pools of expertise in every aspect of UAS research. For more information, go to http://uas-test.umd.edu/.

For more information, please click on the below:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems site (with news, regulatory links and current policies)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Drone Registration information 

Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Digital Aeronautical Chart for the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. VFR are a set of regulations a pilot (or UAS operator) use to control an aircraft. This chart is used when weather conditions are clear enough for the pilot to visually see where the aircraft is going.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations on Moored Balloons, Kites, Amateur Rockets, and Unmanned Free Balloons


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