Intro to sUAS
This course takes you from learning to fly drones all the way through to preparing for FAA unmanned commercial pilot certification.
Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) are a dynamic, emerging technology that will literally transform industries and have an economic impact of $100 billion by 2020. This 18-hour course is comprehensive, hands-on training that gives you all the vital skills and information you need to start piloting drones safely and legally. In addition to teaching safety best practices and piloting skills, we cover the types of flight systems available, their capabilities, and which one would be best for your use; we discuss how drones can be used in business and industry applications, and how to apply drone technology to bring efficiencies to business; and we review drone photography and videography skills. This course is also designed to prepare operators to successfully pass the remote pilot knowledge test and achieve FAA remote pilot certification.
Topics covered include flying multirotor & fixed-wing drones, indoor flight training, diverse flight systems, maintenance, registration & certification requirements, safety, insurance, industry applications, featured systems (DJI, Yuneec, etc.), emerging technologies, and the latest FAA policies.
Additionally, students will gain an understanding of much of the ground-school information covered in the FAA’s knowledge test including regulations; airspace classification, interpretation of sectional navigation charts, operating requirements, and flight restrictions; aviation weather sources and effects; small unmanned aircraft loading and performance; emergency procedures; aeronautical decision-making and crew resource management; radio communication procedures; physiological effects of drugs and alcohol; airport operations; and maintenance and preflight inspection procedures.
Our unique indoor flight training methodology uses model quadcopters (currently the Syma X5C without FPV) flying indoors without wind/weather through obstacle courses. This approach develops three primary skill proficiencies:
1. Dealing with flight system orientation
2. Depth perception
3. Flying without dependency on GPS
We’ve found these are the essential skills needed to create the safest, most proficient remote pilots anywhere! Also, we’ve shown time and again that these basic skills are easily transferred into more advanced drone flight systems. This practice creates much safer, more capable pilots who can easily fly without GPS when necessary (lost GPS signal is a key factor in many drone crashes).
The course includes a training quadcopter with a camera, a computer flight simulator with a radio controller, a sectional chart, 50 FAA sample test questions, a workbook, and 18 hours of instruction. Each student will receive a training certificate of completion.
Anyone operating a drone for any commercial or business purpose must obtain an FAA remote pilot certification. The remote pilot knowledge test Unmanned Aircraft – General includes 60 questions and requires a passing score of 70%. The test costs $150, paid separately to the Knowledge Testing Center. With successful completion of the test, you can apply for a remote pilot certificate for FAA Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 107. Actual FAA testing must be administered at an authorized Knowledge Testing Center and is NOT included in the course fee.View Classes