Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Drones, Unmanned Aircraft Systems

DronesAbout Drones, Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Drones, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems, are an ever increasing presence in the National Airspace System. Whether you fly for fun or for recreation or business, it is important to remember that safety is everyone's responsibility. All unmanned aircraft system operators must understand and abide by federal regulations.

  • All non-recreational UAS operators of Unmanned Aircraft Systems must comply with 14 CFR 107 and have a Remote Pilot Certificate with Small UAS Rating issued from the FAA. Those operating under 14 CFR 107 are not required to notify University Airport (KEDU). If you are operating an unmanned aircraft system for UC Davis business (including research), or operating on UC Davis property, please contact UC Davis Risk Management Services for further instructions.
  • Recreational UAS operators (Model Aircrafts) are defined as unmanned aircraft systems operated recreationally, or in the pursuit of one's hobby, outside of one's regular occupation. Commercial operations, such as photography services, are not considered to be hobby or recreation flights, regardless of compensation. Additionally, flights that are in furtherance of a business, or incidental to a person’s business, would not be a hobby or recreation flights.
NOTICE: Operators of model aircraft are required to notify all airports within 5 miles (Section 336 of Public Law 112-95). If you are not sure of your proximity to an airport, download the FAA B4UFLY App or AIRMAP. Please note that at this time, University Airport (KEDU) does not yet support the Digital Notification and Awareness System (D-NAS) offered by AIRMAP.

To notify University Airport (KEDU) in compliance with federal regulations, please click here to contact UC Davis Risk Management Services.