Drone popularity has skyrocketed in the past few years, but the Department of Public Safety says drones aren’t allowed on campus without prior permission.
There were two reports of unauthorized drones being flown on campus within the past week.
“We responded to the report of a drone that was flown near South Building,” DPS spokesman Randy Young said. “We asked the person who was operating the drone if he would take it down and not fly it on campus property and they were fully cooperative.”
Journalism professor Steven King attempted to get permission to fly a drone in order to record aerial footage of the celebration of School of Media and Journalism’s name change. But DPS did not approve King's request.
Young said the state legislature decides the policy for flying drones: “There is a policy that states not only do you have to get a permit from the Federal Aviation Administration to go through training, but then you have to work with facilities in order to fly a drone.”
The FAA owns the airspace and governs everything that flies between the surface of the earth and outer space’s perimeter, said Kyle Snyder, NextGen Air Transportation Center Director at N.C. State University’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education.
King said in order to fly on campus property, you also need an FAA Certificate of Authorization.