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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.–Many colleges and universities, public and private, are drafting new rules when it comes to drones flying over their campuses. 

Missouri State has banned all unauthorized unmanned  aircraft system.  Penn State requires recreational drone pilots to request permission to fly 30-days in advance.  But what’s the policy at Westminster College.

Reporter Ethan Hamill introduces us computer science student Josh Veon who’s still flying high over our campus as he navigates the rules and mandates for hobbyists.

Some of the Federa Aviation Adminstration mandates for recreational drone owners :

  • Register with the agency and pay a $5 fee.
  • Fly at or below 400 feet.
  • Stay at least 5 miles away from airports and steer clear of aircraft.
  • Never fly at night.
  • Fly for hobby or recreational purposes only
  • Follow a community-based set of safety guidelines
  • Fly your drone within visual line-of-sight.
  • Never fly over groups of people.

Veon captured a campus wonderland in the snow with his drone.

Veon tells us he’d like to create a business enterprise with his drones and aerial video.  But that would mean getting the FAA’s required commercial drone pilot license and following an additional set of federal guidelines.  For now, Veon’s happy with his hobby, and he says Westminster’s campus is a beautiful location to view from above in any season.  Check out Josh Veon’s videos and images from his drone on his Instagram feed.



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