Unmanned Aircraft Flight Training for Industrial Applications

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Course Description:

The course will provide students with the necessary theoretical content foundation needed to pass the FAA remote pilot knowledge exam in pursuit of the FAA Part 107 sUAS remote pilot certificate. Additionally, practical flight training aspects will be covered through hands-on activities including: pre-flight checklists, maintenance, calibrations, and more. Finally, particular considerations for industrial applications (including structural inspection, bridge inspection, GPS-denied environments, etc.) will be explored through various flight activities.

Pertaining to industrial scenarios, other discussion topics shall include:

  • Commercial sUAS operation and logistics including pre-flight and travel consideration
  • Operations and hazard avoidance near high voltage and high EMF equipment
  • Automated mapping mission plans and related considerations
  • Evaluation of UAV characteristics to meet mission requirement
  • Special safety requirements and best practices
  • Introduction to remote sensing equipment
  • Travel with UAV components
  • Adverse weather considerations (pilot comfort, safety, aircraft performance, etc)
  • Crew resource management for sUAS including radio procedures and division of work
  • Correct procedures for reporting and documenting sUAS mishaps

Program Cost:
Meals and parking are not included.
Federal Aviation Regulations/Aircraft Information Manual and Kansas City Sectional Chart will be provided.

Unmanned aircraft systems utilized within the course focus on multirotors, and incorporate both “easy-to-fly” platforms as well as more challenging platforms with reduced capability autopilot systems. Participants will have the opportunity to try several different platforms in a variety of flight scenarios.

Note: Depending on the season, bring hot weather gear, (including hats, sunglasses, sunscreen) or cold weather gear (coat, gloves) appropriate for the conditions as there will be extensive outdoor operations throughout the week. Consider bringing a portable water bottle to stay hydrated during outside operations. A mask is required. Bring your own mask for indoor activities.

Tentative Course Outline:

  Morning Afternoon
Monday ·         FAA Regulations/Requirements

·         Introduction to UAS hardware/ software

·         Basic flight controls

·         Orientation control

·         Cameras and situational awareness

·         Drone Course Flight #1

Tuesday ·         Airspace/sectional charts

·         Drone operations and logistics

·         Flight logs

·         Pre-flight checklists

·         Initial flight checks

·         Flight mode operations

Wednesday ·         Aviation weather

·         Airspace/sectional quiz

·         Crew resource management

·         Camera-based flight ops

·         Advanced flight scenarios

·         Prelim. Inspection operations

·         Crew Resource Management

Thursday ·         FAA operations

·         Inspection equipment, considerations, and case studies

·         Waypoint navigation/planning

·         Industrial inspections

Friday ·         Final quiz

·         Inspection operation design

·         Drone Course Flight #2

Travis Fields, Ph.D., P.E.Teaching Personnel:

Small Unmanned Aircraft System Certificate
Private Pilot
Expertise in aerial delivery systems and unmanned aircraft theory and applications including trajectory generation, control system design, unique aircraft construction, and flight testing.

Shawn Herrington
B.S., M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Small Unmanned Aircraft System Certificate
Expertise in aerial delivery, unmanned aircraft operations, flight data analysis, and aircraft handling qualities.


Christina S. Davis, M.S.

Director of Continuing Education

School of Computing and Engineering

University of Missouri-Kansas City

816-235-1262 | scecontinuinged@umkc.edu