Become a licensed commercial drone pilot. This technical course is designed for renewable energy, construction, and engineering professionals, but suits those wishing to add the unmanned aircraft toolset to agricultural surveys, CI/KR inspections, public safety applications as well as for cinematography and real-estate workers.
Drones are tools to generate new revenue by doing asset inspections, site surveys, mapping, marketing videos, and more. They’re inexpensive and incredibly versatile.
This is really two courses in one:
Part 1: FAA Unmanned Aircraft Commercial Operator License (Part 107) Knowledge Course
Since 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has licensed commercial small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS, or ‘drone’) operators under 14 CFR Part 107. With the completion of a course of comprehensive ground instruction, prospective drone pilots can sit an FAA-administered computer-based test and obtain their Part 107 commercial operators license. This course covers regulations, sUAS operations, aircraft performance, weather, airspace and human factors and leads to a 60-question exam.
Part 2: Small Unmanned Aircraft System Field Operations Course
This Field Operations Course introduces Part 107 holders and students to the 'day in the life of' a commercial drone operator and provides skills required to build a business, safely prepare, launch and perform commercial flight tasks; The end goal is to be able to safety deploy a briefed team, with the right aircraft and sensors, to a properly surveyed, remote site with the correct PPE, data-cards, power supplies and support. The program introduces advanced planning, procedures and field flight techniques for professional, commercial drone data gathering, and client task completion.The course is mostly remote with guided simulator sessions, and then culminates in an optional in-residence portion of live flight and maintenance activities. A certificate of completion is awarded upon completion of written, simulator and practical exercise assessments.
Zephyr Flight Simulator Required But Not Included
In this course we use the Zephyr flight simulator and controller. You'll be asked to purchase these separately ($149 USD) when you enroll in the course. There is a link provided in the first set of assignments. No other hardware or software are required (you don't even have to have a drone - often students wait until after the course to understand which drone to buy).
Not Included - Exam Fee (optional)
The FAA 107 Exam fee is a separate fee charged by the FAA when scheduling your exam after you have completed the course. After completing the course and earning a certificate of completion, students can optionally submit an FAA application and $150 exam fee then schedule to take the 107 exam at one of the testing centers throughout the country. If you don't pass the exam on the first try, we'll refund your exam fee and let let you take the course again at no charge.
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