Students are issued an RTF (ready to fly) drone trainer and learn to ﬂy them using lesson plans in airspace, weather, performance, loading, emergency procedures, and crew resource management.
First year pilot Matt Novy retrieves a Phantom 3 4K after flying a coastal mission (photo by Newport News Times)
This course introduces students to unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and surveys current UAS platforms, sensors, terminology, challenges to integrating UAS to the national airspace system and operations under FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) regulations for small unmanned aircraft (Part 107). Content includes ﬁrst half of Part 107 ground school instruction. Field trips are planned to an airport, a tower, a flight museum, and a flight service center. All other field hours are dedicated to flying drones and building logged hours.