The easiest way to fly on campus is to use the Drone Park. The football-field-sized facility gives students, researchers, employees, and members of the community a place to explore UAS operations without the constraints of registration, certification, or specialized training. The Drone Park also offers grants to undergraduate students planning to become certified drone pilots.
To access the park and schedule flight time:
- Check for open time on the Drone Park calendar, below.
- Email VTDronePark@vt.edu with your name, organization, number participating, and requested date/time.
- Complete the one-time drone park orientation briefing here; email VTDronePark@vt.edu or call (540) 231-7303 with questions or comments.
- The Virginia Tech UAS training course is not required to fly in the Drone Park; however, it is available and encouraged for users interested in learning more about drone regulations and safe operations.
Commercial and third-party operations will have additional requirements.
Current weather at the drone park: WeatherSTEM.
The Virginia Tech Drone Park is located at 2143 Oak Lane; see the map below.