If you're new to drone piloting, the Intro to sUAS course will give you all the vital skills and information you need to start piloting drones safely and legally and prepare for FAA certification. The comprehensive 18-hour course is designed to provide thorough instruction on drone systems, use applications, legal issues, maintenance, FAA regulations, piloting skills, and safety best practices, as well as prepare operators to successfully pass the remote pilot knowledge test and achieve FAA remote pilot certification, which is required to legally operate a drone for any business purpose.
Coursework not only includes operating instructions and knowledge transfer so individuals can pass the FAA remote pilot knowledge test; the content also provides insights and examples of how students can utilize drone technology in existing businesses, as well as to create new business models. The demand for highly specialized drone jobs will explode, dramatically increasing the earning potential of many diverse workforces.
The Knowledge-To-Action curriculum has been tested and vetted by the State University of New York and the courseware is designed to be delivered as six 3-hour instruction modules. They include PowerPoint presentations and 17 SkyOp-produced instructional videos. Drones must be operated during daylight or twilight. They must be within visual sight of the pilot. They must be less than 400 feet above the pilot's position. They must weigh less than 55 pounds. They must not fly above anyone not involved in the operation. They must not fly within a covered structure or from a moving vehicle.
NIAS partner SkyOp is a technology transfer company creating training experiences that prepare the American workforce for new jobs and business models created by emerging technologies. Since 2014, SkyOp has been providing comprehensive courses and unparalleled educator training, SkyOp empowers organizations to lead innovation by offering a nationally recognized high-tech curriculum. In addition to creating turnkey proprietary courses, SkyOp works with educational institutions, sUAS manufacturers, public safety organizations, and businesses to develop custom training solutions. In 2015, Successful Student named SkyOp one of America’s 15 Best Drone-Training Colleges. Full List of Upcoming Classes: https://skyop.com/classes/
If you're new to drone piloting, the Intro to sUAS course will give you all the vital skills and information you need to start piloting drones safely and legally and prepare for FAA certification. The comprehensive 18-hour course is designed to provide thorough instruction on drone systems, use applications, legal issues, maintenance, FAA regulations, piloting skills, and safety best practices, as well as prepare operators to successfully pass the remote pilot knowledge test and achieve FAA remote pilot certification, which is required to legally operate a drone for any business purpose. Topics covered include flying multirotor & fixed-wing drones, indoor flight training, diverse flight systems, maintenance, registration & certification requirements, safety, insurance, industry applications, featured systems (DJI, Yuneec, etc.), emerging technologies, and the latest FAA policies. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of much of the ground-school information covered in the FAA’s knowledge test including regulations; airspace classification, interpretation of sectional navigation charts, operating requirements, and flight restrictions; aviation weather sources and effects; small unmanned aircraft loading and performance; emergency procedures; aeronautical decision-making and crew resource management; radio communication procedures; physiological effects of drugs and alcohol; airport operations; and maintenance and preflight inspection procedures. The course fee includes a workbook, a quadcopter with camera, a computer flight simulator with radio controller, 50 FAA sample test questions, and 18 hours of instruction. Certification testing must be administered at an authorized FAA Knowledge Testing Center and is NOT included in the course fee.
The instruction is being provided by SkyOp, the leading sUAS courseware developer and training company in the country.
The course will focus on small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). These are defined by the FAA as weighing less than 55 lbs.
Yes, the Intro to sUAS course not only covers learning to fly, but also the concepts and benefits of multiple types of flight systems, including multirotors and fixed-wing as well as autonomous flight systems.
No. In fact, we encourage you not to buy a system until you've taken the Intro to sUAS course. During the course, you'll learn about the various systems available and understand which one is best suited for your needs. The course fee includes a "training" quadcopter, the Syma X5C, purposely selected for its extreme durability (survives crashes well, perfect for indoor instruction) and manual controls (as learning to fly without GPS assistance results in better piloting skills).
We've intentionally designed this course to meet the comprehensive needs of someone who wants to use a drone commercially. In it, students not only learn to fly, but we cover the types of flight systems available on the market, what applications and industries they are best suited for, and the business models that can be created using drones. The course provides thorough pilot training, including important safety and legal best practices, and has an intensive FAA test prep portion which imparts the advanced awareness needed to prepare for and pass the FAA's remote pilot knowledge test. These skills, test prep, and industry insights are all that stand between you gaining your certification to take advantage of the emerging drone-enabled opportunities.
No. We teach indoors because it's the best environment to learn how to pilot without the added challenges of the elements like wind, precipitation, trees, etc.
No. Each student needs his or her own system, which we provide. There will be skills homework assignments and in-class activities that require each student to practice with and operate their own system.
Yes. In addition to all the vital skills and information you need to start piloting drones safely and legally, this course is designed to give you the instruction you need to prepare for and successfully pass the FAA remote pilot knowledge test. The test itself, administered at an authorized FAA Knowledge Testing Center, will be a written exam with no piloting demonstration required.
No coursework is FAA Certified. FAA certification comes only after passing the FAA's remote pilot knowledge test, which is only available at qualified FAA Knowledge Testing Centers. Many other courses offer brief overviews on safety practices and basic applications, and piloting is taught with GPS which masks true flying skills. Our 18-hour Intro to sUAS course is designed to provide comprehensive instruction on drone systems, use applications, legal issues, maintenance, and FAA regulations, in addition to piloting skills and the best safety practices.
Our 18-hour Intro to sUAS course is a comprehensive, specialized course that covers far more than those offered online. In addition to teaching the best safety practices and piloting skills, we cover the types of flight systems available, their capabilities, and which one would be best for your use; we discuss how drones can be used in business and industry applications, and how to apply drone technology to bring efficiencies to business; and we teach drone photography and videography skills. You will also learn the FAA requirements in-depth, how to prepare for the exam, and gain the knowledge needed to successfully pass the certification exam.
Your registration will not be confirmed until payment is received. To cancel your registration prior to 24 hours before the class starts for a full refund, please call 585.598.4737. No-shows and cancellations not made prior to 24 hours before the class starts will incur the full cost of registration, however a future class may be attended at no additional cost. If the class is cancelled, you have the option of applying your fee to a future class or receiving a full refund.