Course Description:
This course prepares students to take the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 exam, which is essential to becoming a commercial drone pilot. The field of unmanned aerial vehicles is growing rapidly, as the opportunities to use them for search and rescue, photography, recreation, inspection, and many others continue to multiply. Students will learn the critical facts to prepare for the test’s topics, which include: regulations, airspace & requirements, weather, loading & performance, and operations. The course will conclude with a look at the most promising careers in the field of drones.

Module 1: Intro to the Drone Remote Pilot Exam

Every day, more and more drones are taking off! Not just for hobbyists, but for photographers, businesses, and search and rescue. But how can you register and operate a drone legally? This introduction module will preview the topics covered throughout this course, which will prepare students to take the remote pilot exam by the Federal Aviation Administration. Students will also discuss some essential topics regarding safety, following rules, and insurance requirements

Module 2: Regulations (Part 1)

In this module, students will begin to learn the specifics about remote pilot certification and the associated regulations. The module will outline the eligibility requirements that remote pilot candidates must meet. Students will also become familiar with some of the pertinent terms related to the Part 107 exam and small unmanned aircraft use in general. The module will also discuss the role of the remote pilot-in-command as well as the other crew member positions. Students will also learn how and when to report an accident to the FAA as well as understand the FAA's stance on falsification, reproduction, or fraudulent reports and records of any kind. Finally, the module will conclude with the process for documenting FAA inspection, sUAS registration, and pre-flight action and inspection.

Module 3: Regulations (Part 2)

This module continues the examination of rules and regulations as outlined by the FAA. It will analyze the importance of understanding what constitutes hazardous material and what is considered daylight operation. The module will examine requirements associated with visual line of sight and right-of-way. It will also explore flying over people and operations from moving vehicles. Privacy and safety will be addressed. Finally, the module will conclude with an examination of the laws and rules of alcohol and drug use while operating a drone.

Module 4: National Airspace System

This module will take a close look at the National Airspace System. It will cover what resources to use to gather information about the airspace classification of any given area. Then it will look at the different airspace classifications, areas, and routes. The module will address utilizing longitude and latitude to find a specific location on a globe. Finally, it will examine the requirements surrounding airport operations and how to identify and interpret airport markings and signs.

Module 5: Weather

This module on weather begins with an overview of inflight hazards and proper collision avoidance procedures. Attention will then turn to weather where students will understand the impact of wind, air masses, and fronts on aviation. It will then explain atmospheric stability, visibility, and clouds. The impact of thunderstorms, icing, and fog will be evaluated. The module will look at different weather briefings and reports for planning drone operations.

Module 6: Loading and Performance

This module covers what students need to know for the Part 107 Exam regarding loading and performance. The speed and altitude regulations will be discussed as well as loading requirements for drones. The module will explain the load factor and what causes stalls. Finally, students will understand the importance of the performance and/or operational information provided by the manufacturer of a specific drone.

Module 7: Operations

The Remote Pilot in Charge (PIC) has the responsibility to make sure the small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) and crew operate as safely as possible. This module will discuss the requirements for a pre-flight inspection and how to perform one thoroughly. It will also cover appropriate pre-flight and in-flight communication procedures to help new remote PICs understand and communicate with the aviation community. Next, the module will identify appropriate in-flight emergency procedures and aeronautical decision-making strategies to encourage remote PICs to make the safest decisions possible. Finally, the module will analyze maintenance and inspection procedures to make sure an sUAS offers the longest service life possible.

Module 8: Drone Careers

More and more industries are beginning to incorporate drone use into their business model. Drones typically cost less and are less dangerous than manned aircraft. Of course, to utilize drones, there needs to be a drone pilot involved. In this module we will look at some of the options drone pilots have as well as other career avenues such as drone instructor, drone photographer, drone operation in the military, and drone technician.

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