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Contact us about Drones
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or feedback regarding drone training, lending and club activities.
We also have a Discord channel. Please contact us at the email address above to request an invitation.
Drone Club has suspended activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will resume activities in Fall 2021 semester. Please check our blog for the most recent updates.
AY 21-22 Theme Announced!
Over the 2021-22 academic year, UTA Libraries Drone Club will plan, organize and design a First Person Video (FPV) quadcopter race. There will be two classifications: homemade drones and off-the-shelf drones. Planning begins in September. More information to come!
As of Summer 2021, UTA Libraries offers drones for lending. UTA faculty, staff and students may borrow one of our drones after completing a free training course and supplying a certificate of completion, a drone borrowing application, and a liability waiver.
We presently have three Snaptain S5C quadcopters available. We anticipate adding more variety over the coming year.
Drone Lending Policy, Application and Liability Waiver
Drones are increasingly becoming part of everyday life, used in research, transportation, the arts, engineering, news reporting, law enforcement, entertainment, and much more. Drone piloting experience, as well as skills with onboard technologies like sensors and cameras, will become ever more in-demand as new possibilities for drone use emerge in the marketplace. University Libraries are exploring new ways to integrate drones into campus life and are considering possibilities for students, teachers and staff on campus to gain experience with drone piloting. Here at the UTA Libraries we want to be on the forefront of making drones accessible to students, especially those who would not normally have access otherwise. Through our lending program students can borrow drones for recreational purposes and gain experience piloting them. Various applications for drones are still being discovered and this lending program will inspire students to create new ideas and ways to use this emerging and developing technology.
At this time, UTA Libraries is not offering FAA-recognized drone training. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launched it's own drone safety training network in June 2021, and all recreational flyers must complete the training before flying their drones outdoors. UTA Libraries is not part of the network of official FAA training partners, but we will accept an official training certification from any of the official FAA partner sites. These trainings sites are listed in the link below.
The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST)
All recreational flyers must pass an aeronautical knowledge and safety test and provide proof of test passage (the TRUST completion certificate) to the FAA or law enforcement upon request. The FAA's 2018 Reauthorization Bill (PDF) introduced new requirements for recreational pilots (see P.L. 115-254, Section 349 (PDF) – exception for limited recreational operations of unmanned aircraft).
FAA Recreational Flyers & Modeler Community-Based Organizations
Many people assume that a recreational flight is one that is not operated for a business or any form of compensation. But, that's not always the case. Financial compensation, or the lack of it, is not what determines if the flight is recreational or commercial. The following information can be used to help you determine what rules you should be operating under. Remember, the default regulation for drones weighing under 55 pounds is Part 107. The exception for recreational flyers only applies to flights that are purely for fun or personal enjoyment. When in doubt, fly under Part 107.
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