BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University officials say the school still has strict restrictions on using drones on campus despite a recent move by the Federal Aviation Administration to relax regulations for commercial drone pilots.

Hobbyists are only allowed to fly drones on the Bloomington campus in a field along Union Street, and they have to get permission.

Otherwise, someone who sees a drone on campus should call police, university insurance director Larry Stephens told The Herald-Times (http://bit.ly/2c4ZrBB ).

The new FAA regulations that went into effect Monday are aimed at giving businesses a less cumbersome certification process. Under the previous regulations, one department had been waiting for about six months for an exemption.

The department is trying to obtain a Part 107 certification, which requires the pilot to pass a test online and get Transportation Security Administration clearance. Stephens said the test isn’t too difficult but that he is trying to figure out how to get TSA clearance.

“I’ve asked two FAA offices,” he said. “Neither one answered.”

Anyone flying a drone for university activities must get permission from the university in addition to the Part 107 certification because of liability issues.

The university’s policy restricts pilots from using drones to record or monitor areas where there is an expectation of privacy, such as locker rooms and restrooms.

“We don’t want people to fly them and take pictures in people’s windows,” Stephens said.

But Stephens said he doesn’t expect most people at the university to use drones for voyeurism. Instead, faculty members already have applied to use drones for measuring temperatures above wooded areas and geomapping.


Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com