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Please be aware that recent changes to federal aviation rules in the United States require recreational flights in Controlled Airspace to obtain prior authorization from the FAA.  Cornell University is located in controlled airspace.  Please see the FAA website for more information.

The Office of Risk Management and Insurance has established UAV Guidelines to help the University community manage the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (commonly known as “drones”) at the University and for University-related business purposes.

Risk Management and Insurance must approve all Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (i.e,”UAV”) operations at the University and for University-related business purposes.  Please complete the UAV Flight Request Form  and submit it to  Please also complete an Event Registration Form prior to the operation.   We will respond to your request and provide guidance as soon as possible.

UAV Operators must be authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate in the airspace above the University’s Ithaca campus.

Please let us know if you have any questions.