The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) has innovation as one of its core values and encourages adoption of new technologies such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems ("UAS") that serve the mission of changing lives through education. UNCP is also committed to complying with laws and regulations applicable to this evolving technology and to the safety and privacy of its students, faculty, staff and visitors.
UNCP prohibits the use of drones for recreational purposes by anyone, and prohibits the use of drones by third-parties without affiliation with and consent from the University.
Faculty, staff, students, and third-party vendors who wish to operate UAS over campus for reasons of education, research, communication and operations can follow the process below to apply for approval.
Things to do before you apply to fly on campus
- Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center*
- A person who already holds a pilot certificate issued under 14 CFR part 61 and has successfully completed a flight review within the previous 24 months can complete a part 107 online training course at www.faasafety.gov to satisfy this requirement.
- Take and pass NCDOT's UAS Knowledge Test and then apply for a state permit.
- Apply and obtain valid NC UAS Commercial Operators Permit
- Register UAS with FAA at https://registermyuas.faa.gov
How to apply to fly on campus
1. Read UNCP’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Policy.
3. Your application will be reviewed by members of the UAS Approval Committee, and you will be notified of approval. Please allow seven days for the approval process.
General rules to follow
- Follow all State and Federal rules and regulations.
- Follow The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Policy.