A few months ago, the University of South Florida (USF) announced a plan to allow students to check out – and use for educational purposes – an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the school's library. Now, USF says the plan may be compromised by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.
USF thought it would be able to obtain a Certificate of Waiver of Authorization (COA) from the FAA, but general counsel for the agency has now said that education does not qualify as a “government function under COA guidelines,” the university’s student newspaper, The Oracle, reports.
The article says the university can request a Section 333 exemption from the FAA but has not yet done so. “We can’t speculate on whether we would grant the request,” an FAA spokesperson told The Oracle.
USF is unsure how long it will be before the students will be able to check out the DJI Phantom I and Phantom II UAVs, which were already purchased with money that went into the school library’s renovation and were to be used this fall.
Read the full report here.