May 23, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M University System, in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration, provides notice of the legal guidelines relevant to the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in or around the campus of Texas A&M.
The FAA regulates the safe operation of all UAS aircraft flights. Any operators who operate carelessly or recklessly can be subject to civil penalties, including fines up to $10,000. This is a particular concern in a restricted construction site, such as Kyle Field, located near an airport.
The A&M System appreciates the benefits of the UAS technology; however, the safety of the public and workers within the Kyle Field Redevelopment zone are its primary concern. Texas A&M and the FAA strongly discourage UAS flights in this restricted construction area.
Detailed information on the use of UAS is available on the FAA website at: http://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=14153 and http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=76381.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.8 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 131,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $820 million and help drive the state’s economy.
Contact: Steven B. Moore