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Facts for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Southeast Missouri State University has implemented an approval process and procedures to ensure safe and responsible operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in, on or above university property or at university-sponsored activities. The University policy applies to members of the University community (students, staff and faculty), third party contractors, and visitors. University practices are designed to be in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and other applicable laws.

You can also download this fact sheet to keep with your records.


The FAA requires UAS to be registered with the agency if the device will be used outdoors and weighs between 0.55 lbs and 55 lbs.

  • Online registration is applicable to self-built or purchased devices
  • Registration is valid for 3 years
  • UAS must be marked with the registration number
  • Cost is $5
  • Website –
  • A copy of the registration certificate must be shared with the President’s Office (

Request to Fly

The University must pre-approve all UAS flights on campus prior to flying in outdoor areas and all indoor common spaces.

  • Online request form
  • Request specific days and times
  • Reservation of athletic spaces will be made on your behalf


Learn more on the below about the recreational, educational, government, and commercial operations authorized through FAA regulations. All flights outdoors or indoor common spaces on a Southeast Missouri State University campus require review and approval.

Submit requests no less than two (2) weeks prior to the proposed flight. Multiple dates and times may be requested at a single time, which is recommended in the case of adverse weather.

Privacy, safety and security issues will be taken into account when reviewing a request to fly a UAS on a Southeast campus. Requests may be denied based on the proposed locations proximity to buildings and people.

When planning to fly off campus, the UAS operator is responsible for obtaining the necessary permissions and abiding by all applicable regulations. Check out the FAA’s B4UFLY app, which helps UAS operators know about restrictions or requirements.

FAA regulations apply to UAS within the United States national airspace system. Other countries may have their own regulations and laws governing UAS operations, which you are responsible for following. Learn about the requirements before you go.

Contact the Department of Public Safety (573-651-2215) in the event of an emergency or if a UAS is being operated in an unsafe manner.

The UAS management team includes Cpt. Ken Gullett, Department of Public Safety; Chris Martin, Chief of Staff and Asst. to President; Angela Mitchell, Asst. Director for Administration, Facilities Management; Jim Peterson, Unmanned Aircraft System Faculty; and Pam Vargas, Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Initial inquiries should be directed to Chris Martin at 573-651-2322 or via email at

Requirements Small UAS (UAS) Rule
(Part 107)
Model Aircraft
(Section 336)
Public COA
Eligibility Overview Individuals engaged in faculty-led research, university operations (e.g. marketing, athletics, etc.) or commercial operations. Part 107 went into effect in August 2016. Individuals engaged in education activities, hobby or recreation. Effective 2016, an Educational Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems interpretation addressed student use of an unmanned aircraft in furtherance of receiving instructions at accredited educational institutions. Individuals flying with public entities, FAA test sites, centers of excellence and others with public certificates of authorization (COA). Collaborations with public COA holders may enable some UAS operations.
Examples of purpose Research, education, building inspections, photography, land survey Recreation, model aircraft clubs, coursework, undergraduate independent research Research collaboration
  • Part 61 pilot certificate or Remote Pilot Airman Certificate (or fly under direct supervision)
  • Remote Pilot Certificate, includes an aeronautical knowledge test and TSA clearance
  • No predation if physical or mental condition would interfere with safety
  • No pilot certificate required
  • Operate in accordance with a community-based set of guidelines (e.g. safety code of the Academy of Model Aeronautics)
  • No operation under drug or alcohol influence
Refer to any applicable COA
Visual Observer
  • Visual observer is allowed, required for first person view or similar technology
  • Keep the aircraft in visual line-of-sight
  • Daylight and twilight operations
  • Keep the aircraft in visual line-of-sight
  • Daylight operations
Refer to any applicable COA
  • Up to 55 lbs. (25 kg)
  • Operations of multiple UAS by single operator is not allowed
Up to 55 lbs. (25 kg) Refer to any applicable COA
Altitude Maximum
  • 400 feet above ground level
  • If higher than 400 feet, remain within 400 feet of a structure
400 ft above ground level Refer to any applicable COA
Airspace location and operating environment
  • Class G airspace (uncontrolled airspace <1200 ft)
  • Prior authorization from air traffic control for operation within Class B, C, D and lateral boundaries of surface area of Class E
  • Needs to be 5 miles from airports without prior notification to airport or air traffic control
  • Notification required if flown within 5 miles of an airport or helipad
Refer to any applicable COA
Other Aircraft Must yield right of way to manned aircraft Must yield right of way to manned aircraft Refer to any applicable COA
Speed Must fly at or below 100 mph No speed limitation Refer to any applicable COA
People Must not fly directly over people Remain at least 25 feet away from individuals any property Refer to any applicable COA
Vehicles and Structures
  • Must not fly from a moving land or water-borne vehicle except in sparsely populated areas
  • No operations from a moving aircraft
Avoid flying over unprotected vehicles or structures Refer to any applicable COA
Legal or Regulatory Basis
  • Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 107 (Overview)
  • Waivers to some conditions may be sought
49 U.S.C. 40102(a)(41), 401125, and FAA Advisory Circular 00-1.1A, Public Aircraft Operations


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