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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:

  • Operations and hazard avoidance near high voltage and high EMF equipment
  • Automated mapping mission plans and related considerations
  • Applications of multirotor vs fixed wing sUAS’s
  • Special safety requirements and best practices
  • Introduction to remote sensing equipment
  • Travel with UAV components
  • Adverse weather considerations (pilot comfort, safety, aircraft performance, etc)

Program Cost: TBD. Meals and parking are not included.

Federal Aviation Regulations/Aircraft Information Manual 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: Bring Cold weather gear, appropriate for the conditions as there will be extensive outdoor operations throughout the week.

Tentative Course Outline:

  Morning Afternoon
Monday ·         FAA Regulations/Requirements

·         Introduction to UAS hardware/ software

·         Basic flight controls

·         Orientation control

·         Cameras and situational awareness

Tuesday ·         Airspace/sectional charts

·         Drone pre-flight operations

·         Flight logs

·         Pre-flight checklists

·         Initial flight checks

·         Flight mode operations

Wednesday ·         Aviation weather

·         Airspace/sectional quiz

·         Camera-based flight ops

·         Advanced flight scenarios

·         Prelim. Inspection operations

Thursday ·         FAA operations

·         Inspection equipment, considerations, and case studies

·         Waypoint navigation/planning

·         Industrial inspections

Friday ·         Final quiz

·         Inspection operation design

·         Industrial inspections

·         Final obstacle course

Teaching Personnel:

Travis Fields, Ph.D., P.E.

  • 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.

Jeffrey Renzelman

  • B.S. in Aeronautical Science; B.S. in Mechanical Engineering; Private, Instrument, and Commercial Pilot (single and multiengine); Certified Flight Instructor (CFI); Small Unmanned Aircraft System Certificate

Shawn Herrington

  • B.S., M.S. in Mechanical Engineering; Small Unmanned Aircraft System Certificate
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