University Hopes To Lend Drones To Students, May Face FAA Challenge

The University of South Florida's library wants to loan drones to students, but the FAA may have a problem with the decision.  Pictured here, one of the most commonly used civilian drones, a DJI Phantom. (Photo credit: DJI).The University of South Florida hopes to lend drones to students when the school’s renovated library opens in the Fall of 2014.  The drones will be part of the school’s Digital Media Commons where students work on high end technology projects.

Students looking to use drones will be provided training in advance and will be able to check out the small remote-controlled device containing a video camera, which can be used to capture footage from an aerial view.  This is exactly what a university should be doing — providing access to new technology for student learning opportunities.

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