Policies and Procedures

D0604p Procedure for the Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems or Vehicles (UAS/UAV)

The purpose of the procedure detailed here is to ensure the safe, legal, and proper use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), also known as "drones" on Western Technical College facilities or during UAS flights operated for college courses or activities.

Procedure Detail:

  1. A college employee Pilot in Command (PIC) planning to conduct or supervise an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flight used in support of teaching must be authorized by their division leadership, i.e. Dean or Associate Dean. Additionally, any college UAS operation over non-college property must have prior approval by both the property owner and their division leadership.
  2. The operator of any college UAS must abide by all federal, state, and city laws.
  3. The operator must avoid flying through restricted airspace or college airspace deemed off limits, including the entire block upon which any college RESIDENCE HALL is located.
  4. A UAS shall not be used to monitor or record areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy in accordance with accepted social norms. These areas include but are not limited to restrooms, locker rooms, individual residential rooms, changing or dressing rooms, campus daycare facilities, and health treatment rooms. 
  5. A UAS shall not be used to monitor or record sensitive institutional or personal information which may be found, for example, on an individual's workspace, on a computer or other electronic displays.
  6. Overseeing departments are responsible for providing or ensuring operators are trained in   the proper use of UAS.
  7. Operators shall always consider the safety of people, risk of property damage, and the potential failure modes for their UAS.
  8. Operators shall wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before flying a UAS.
  9. UAS operations shall be conducted in line-of-sight and shall avoid flying over people.

College Flight Rules:

  1. Any college employee PIC conducting or supervising UAS flights must possess a "Remote Pilot Airman Certificate", small UAS rating, or other applicable pilot license.
  2. Any college employee PIC conducting or supervising UAS flights will ensure all FAA regulations and recommended Safety Guidelines (Title 13 CFR Part 107) including wearing recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), having a spotter and keeping a 10 foot "Safety Zone" at launch and landing.
  3. Any college employee PIC conducting or supervising UAS flights will follow all DMI safety recommendations.
  4. Any college employee PIC conducting or supervising UAS flights will ensure authorization to fly in Controlled Airspace if applicable. www.faa.gov/UAS
  5. Any college employee PIC conducting or supervising UAS flights will ensure all drones in use are properly registered with the FAA.
  6. Each division will keep UAS Inventory, maintenance logs, and flight inspection logs for UAS under their control.
  7. Each division will maintain their drone flight training records.
  8. Additionally, Instructional UAS must:
    1. Weigh less than 55lbs.
    2. Have controls to enable override by a college employee PIC conducting or supervising UAS flights.
    3. Have "Home" capability
    4. Have capability of GEO-Fencing or Geo-Spatial Parameters.

Indoor Flight:

  1. Although not regulated by the FAA, pilot must follow all FAA safety guidelines including proper PPE.
  2. Additionally: Instructor and pilot should be separated from the other students/observers by at least netting as recommended by DMI.

All flights must follow FAA Safety Guidelines (Title 14 CFR Part 107):

  1. Wear eye protection
  2. Wear cut resistant gloves
  3. Create a 10 foot safety zone around launch and landing location
  4. Drone must weigh less than 55 pounds
  5. Conduct preflight inspection of drone by remote pilot
  6. Fly no higher than 400 feet
  7. Fly no faster than 100 mph
  8. Keep craft in sight at all times Unaided by any device other than corrective lenses
  9. Remain clear of and avoid manned craft, must yield right of way
  10. Do not intentionally fly over unprotected people or moving vehicles
  11. Remain at least 25 feet away from people and vulnerable property
  12. Fly no closer than 2 nautical miles from a heliport
  13. Daylight only, Twilight with proper lighting
  14. Do not fly in adverse weather such as high winds or reduced visibility (At least 3 miles)
  15. Contact www.faa.gov/UAS if flying within 5 nautical miles of an airport; class B, C, D & E airspace. Class G airspace does not require ATC permission (La Crosse Campus is within 5 miles of the airport)
  16. Do not fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  17. Ensure the operating environment is safe and that the operator is competent and proficient in the operation of the UAS.
  18. No flying from a moving aircraft
  19. No flying from a moving vehicle unless over a sparsely populated area.
  20. No carrying hazardous materials
  21. No reckless flying
  22. Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, government facilities, etc.
    1. Check and follow all local laws and ordinances before flying over private property.
    2. Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual's permission.
    3. See Title 14 CFR Part 107 for possible changes or additions

Flight Log:

  1. A Drone Flight Log will be maintained at the Division Office
    1. Instructional/commercial flights will be recorded by the PIC
    2. Other Flights will be recorded by the Security authority approving the flight


  1. Credit Bearing: Any class where successful completion will result in a college credit.
  2. Instructional Use: The purpose of teaching students.
  3. Student: An individual flying for the purpose of learning during a credit bearing course.
  4. Dual Controls: Two separate controls enabling another to take control of flight.
  5. Home Capability: A drone programmed to return to its launch site if radio control by the pilot is lost.
  6. Geo-Fencing or Geo-Spatial Parameters; A drone capable of being electronically limited to a specific area of flight

‚ÄčAdopted November 21, 2017