What steps do I need to take to fly a UAS for OSU?   


Who are you?

Why are you flying?

Requirements to fly



  • OSU Training Course
  • 107 License*
  • Record Keeping


Course sponsored activity

  • OSU Training Training Course
  • Part 107 optional**



  • OSU Training Course Part 107 License
  • Administration approval for flights on campus or with OSU vehicles


  • “Part 107” refers to the Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule in 14 CFR Part 107 as set forth by the FAA in August 2016. The new rules requires pilots to register their aircraft with the FAA, take an FAA pilot training course, and operate under certain restrictions. See the Part 107 summary for more information: https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/Part_107_Summary.pdf

*Faculty and staff also have the option to fly under OSU's Certificate of Authorization for non-commercial flights. Althought a Part 107 license is preffered, please contact the Rearch Office if you'd like more information.

**Students may be able to fly under an FAA exemption, contact the research office for questions.


What is a COA?

A Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA) is a document that, when submitted by a person or group wishing to operate UAS for commercial or public uses in the national airspace (NAS), provides the legal framework for said operations. Specified in the COA are your standard operating procedures (SOPs), emergency procedures, the applicable flying location(s), and any other requirements needed for safe NAS operation. 


What is 14 CFR Part 107?

Effective August 29th, 2016, 14 CFR Part 107 (or simply "Part 107") defines rules for operating a UAS for commercial purposes. Anyone that wishes to operate their UAS for commercial work must first receive certification by either;

1) Holding a current pilot's license (other than a student license) and passing an online test or;

2) Pass an FAA Knowledge Test, be over 16 years of age, and pass a TSA vetting process. 

More information about Part 107 and what it takes to get certified can be found under the "Non-Research Operations" page. 


How do I register my UAS?

An FAA N-Number is granted to aircraft that are successfully registered with the FAA. The N-Number must be displayed on the aircraft and accessible without the us of tools. As a public entity OSU is required to register all of its unmanned aerial vehicles before flying them. In addition, OSU aircraft must also be registered with Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA).

To register your aircraft begin by sending the make, model, serial number, and billing index to drones@oregonstate.edu. Your aircraft will be registered using the FAA's online system and you will receive confirmation with your registration number when it's approved. FAA registrations cost $5 and last two years, ODA registrations are $25 per year.





Taken under NMFS permit #16111 issued to John Calambokidis   Credit: Leigh Torres

Credit: Leigh Torres

*Taken under NMFS permit #16111 issued to John Calambokidis