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APPA Webinar – Drones, Are They Good for Your Campus?

These days, drone inspections are being performed in almost every industry that requires visual inspection as part of its maintenance procedures. By using a drone to collect visual data on the condition of an asset, drone inspections help instructors having to place themselves in dangerous situations.

Educational institutions use drones for research and videography. For example, some colleges record aerial views of their campuses for promotional purposes or tape athletic and marching band practices for review by coaches and band leaders. Drones are also used to conduct rooftop inspections and map building sites. With personal drones becoming more common and affordable, students and visitors are bringing them to campus, thus complicating efforts to regulate use. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has guidelines for the registration and use of drones. Educational institutions can more easily register their drones and create comprehensive policies.

Learning Objections:
• How drones are being used on educational campuses
• How to register drones with FAA
• How to become certified as a remote pilot
• How to create a drone policy for your campus
• Learn the restrictions for using drones in flight paths
• Discuss contracting services versus training personnel

Markus Hogue, Program Coordinator-Irrigation and Water Conservation, The University of Texas at Austin
Mark Lutkenhoff, Maintenance Services Manager-Structural, Michigan State University
Andrew Mook, Manager-Building Systems Maintenance, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Candis Randall, Utilities Project Coordinator, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Sam Robertson, Director, Facility Operations, Illinois University, Bloomington
George Stooks, Director of Facilities Planning & Construction Admin, St. John Fisher College

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