Policy SY38 LANDING OF HELICOPTERS ON UNIVERSITY PROPERTY (Formerly Landing of Helicopters at University Park)

Policy Steward: Assistant Vice President for Police and Public Safety


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    To define the regulations for the landing of helicopters on University property.


    The landing of any helicopter is prohibited on University-owned property, except in the instance of a medical or law enforcement emergency and/or training. For non-emergency situations, a helicopter is only permitted to land at an airport and/or a heliport licensed in accordance with the provisions of the 1Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Bureau of Aviation Regulations and 2Laws Relating to Pennsylvania Aviation. Such provisions are based primarily upon safety.

    The preferred landing location for helicopters at the University Park campus is the University Park Airport (UNV).

    The landing of a helicopter at other locations is approved only in the event of emergencies and where the helicopter(s) are capable of being landed in a safe landing zone.


    Helicopter -  A rotorcraft, other than a model or radio controlled rotorcraft that, for its horizontal motion, depends principally on its engine-driven rotor.


    1Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Bureau of Aviation, Regulations Relating to Pennsylvania Aviation, Annex A, Title 67. Transportation, Part I. Department of Transportation, Subpart B. Nonvehicle Code Provisions, Article IV. Air Transportation

    2Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Bureau of Aviation, Pennsylvania Laws Relating to Aviation, Act 1984-164, Title 74, Transportation, Part III Aviation


    Written requests for exceptions to this policy shall be submitted to the Assistant Vice President for Police and Public Safety.


    For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact University Police & Public Safety.

    Effective Date: June 16, 2010
    Date Approved: June 16, 2010
    Date Published: June 16, 2010 (Editorial changes- June 19, 2014)

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