Now accepting applications for the Drone Park Part 107 grants. This grant program reimburses selected students for the cost of the FAA part 107 exam, with proof of a passing grade before the end of the Fall 2021 semester. Apply here by September 23. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.