Thursday, August 25, 2016

The SOCCCD: no unmanned aircraft systems allowed!


     Earlier today denizens of the South Orange County Community College District received the above bulletin.

     Better listen up, we were told, 'cuz this will "impact your work and teaching practices."
     The upshot: YOU CAN'T FLY YOUR DRONES AROUND HERE NO MORE.
     Drones? Do instructors and other employees own and operate drones in this district? Really?
     Am I the only instructor left who's sans drone?
     WTF?

I bet ol' Bob's got a truckload of these things.
UPDATE:

7:20 writes
Please read the announcement again. Drones are not outlawed. You simply need appropriate certification.
     Right you are, 7:20. Frankly, I didn't—and still don't—take any of this seriously. To me, that a college district would warn instructors not to fly their drones "on District premises" unless they get the right paperwork is hilarious. But, for some, I guess it isn't. So some of you better get the right papers so you can fly your, um, UASs on campus. You've only got three days! Achtung!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Our dept. chair at SC wrote to note the difference between a drone and a palindrome: he wrote "Use of palindromes on campus are still completely allowed; this email is referring to aircraft, not words or phrases."

Anonymous said...

There are faculty who have used them for class demonstrations. Not sure how many or how often, but I can say that it has happened.

Anonymous said...

We will pitch in and get you a drone, Roy.

Anonymous said...

Please read the announcement again. Drones are not outlawed. You simply need appropriate certification.

Anonymous said...

The fines are rather high, so I can see why they are doing this. Things have changed considerably since I began teaching. I'm getting old!

Anonymous said...

Safety issues. Plus Community members like to come on board and fly their drones.

Anonymous said...

Is this the real reason behind the Chancellor's hasty retreat and Craig Justice's too? Inquiring minds want to know.

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