Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) Community Group

Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) are being used in higher education for a number of reasons, including research, teaching, and for business. There are Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations that govern the national airspace, but each educational institution may have their own respective regulations and governance that meet or exceed FAA rules. This group will focus on building community among drone pilots, stakeholders, and managers who authorize flight requests, and sharing ideas and resources. In addition, the group will also discuss topics such as benchmarking, interpretation or understanding of FAA rules and regulations, lobbying for legislation, hands-on testing and training techniques, etc.

Group Leaders


Jenn Stewart

The Pennsylvania State University
Committee Member: 2021-2023

Matt Scassero

University of Maryland
Committee Member: 2021-2023