Aviation and Aerial Vehicle (Drone)

The college's Office of Community, Professional and Workforce Development offers Aviation and Aerial Vehicle (Drone) courses for those preparing for a new job, promotion or looking to update their skills.

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Course Offerings

Drone Remote Pilot FAA Test Prep Online

Keep up with changing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements to remain ahead of the curve among commercial drone pilots. Anyone operating a drone for commercial or business purpose must obtain an FAA remote pilot certification. This highly-focused course prepares you for the test to receive this certification.

Beyond drone-specific material, students in this course will gain an understanding of much of the ground-school information covered in the FAA’s knowledge test. Topics include regulations relating to small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS); 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 remote pilot knowledge test Unmanned Aircraft – General includes 60 questions and requires a passing score of 70 percent. The test costs $150, paid separately to the Knowledge Testing Center. With successful completion of the test, you can apply for a remote pilot certificate for FAA Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 107.

Students new to drone piloting should precede this course with the comprehensive Drone Pilot Training – Hands-On Introduction Course, which provides the skills and information you need to start piloting drones safely and legally.

Prerequisites: Students must be at least 16 years old, be able to read, speak, write and understand English (exceptions may be made if the person is unable to meet one of these requirements for a medical reason, such as hearing impairment).

Location: Online Instruction 

Tuition: $395
NOTE: Actual FAA testing must be administered at an authorized Knowledge Testing Center and is NOT included in the course fee.

Drone Remote Pilot FAA Test Prep Online
Schedule Section Seats Left Cost Register
Thursday, Fridays, 4/25 - 4/26
10:30 am - 3:15 pm
ZTTN-161 601 15 seats left $395

Drones - Intro for Commercial Users

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS), otherwise known as drones, are a dynamic, emerging technology that will literally transform how industries function. This eight-hour course is a comprehensive overview of the information your organization needs to start using drones safely and legally. The course will cover the types of flight systems available, their capabilities and how to pick the one that would be best for your organization. We discuss how drones can be used in specific business applications, and how to apply drone technology to bring efficiencies to your business.

Topics covered in the course include multi-rotor and fixed-wing drone flight systems, maintenance, registration, certification requirements, safety, insurance, industry applications, featured systems (DJI, Yuneec, etc.), emerging technologies and the latest FAA policies.

Students interested in pursuing an FAA remote pilot certification should follow this course with the Drone Pilot Training – Hands-On Introduction Course and Drone Remote Pilot FAA Test Prep courses. These courses prepare operators to successfully pass the FAA certification test and bolster their piloting skills using our unique indoor flight training methodology.

Tuition: $395
Tuition includes all course materials.

Delivery of Course:

8 hours, 0.8 CEUs, Non-Credit

Drones - Intro for Commercial Users
Schedule Section Seats Left Cost Register
Wednesday, Thursdays, 4/10 - 4/11
10:30 am - 3:15 pm
ZTTN-175 601 15 seats left $395

Get in Touch

Community, Professional and Workforce Development

Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 334

Fax: (518) 629-8103

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer 2023 Hours (May 22 - July 28): Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday, Closed
(excluding college holidays and vacations)