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IU Keeps Strict Drone Policy Despite Weakened Federal Rules

Drones can be as small as a model airplane or as large as a 737.

Photo: Don McCullough (flickr)

Drones can be as small as a model airplane or as large as a 737.

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.

The university’s insurance director, Larry Stephens, says if someone sees a drone on campus he or she should call police.

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

The new FAA regulations that went into effect earlier this week are aimed at giving businesses a less cumbersome certification process. Under the previous regulations, IU Communications had been waiting for about 6 months for an exemption.

Now, the department trying to obtain a Part 107 certification, which requires the pilot to pass a test online and get Transportation Security Administration clearance.

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