Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (Drone)

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

Instructor-Led Courses

Drone Remote Pilot FAA Test Prep

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 Drones - Hands-On Flight Training 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: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition for Fall 2019 only: $395
Tuition includes a workbook, a sectional chart, an FAA test supplement, 50 FAA sample test questions and eight hours of instruction.
NOTE: Actual FAA testing must be administered at an authorized Knowledge Testing Center and is NOT included in the course fee.

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Classroom)
8 hours, 0.8 CEUs, Non-Credit

Schedule
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019: 6 - 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019: 6 - 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019: 6 - 8 p.m.

Drones - Hands-On Flight Training

This course’s unique training methodology uses model quadcopters (currently the Syma X5C without FPV) flying indoors. By flying indoors, you do not need to contend with wind or other weather conditions, and it allows you to focus solely on controlling the aircraft. The course will bring you through a series of increasingly difficult exercises and have you flying through an obstacle course by the end of the day. This approach develops three primary proficiencies:

  • Identifying flight system orientation
  • Accounting for issues related to depth perception
  • Flying without dependency on GPS

These are the essential skills needed to create the safest, most proficient remote pilots anywhere and these basic skills are easily transferred into more advanced drone flight systems. This course creates safe, capable pilots who can confidently fly the aircraft when there is a situational requirement for manual flight control. The cost of this course includes a training quadcopter with a radio controller.

Students interested in pursuing an FAA remote pilot certification should supplement this course with the Drone Remote Pilot FAA Test Prep course, which is designed to prepare operators to successfully pass the FAA certification test and achieve remote pilot certification.

Prerequisites: Students must be at least 13 years old.

Location: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $545
Tuition includes all course materials, software, radio controller and a quadcopter. There will be no other fees or required purchases for this course.

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Classroom)
8 hours, 0.8 CEUs, Non-Credit

Schedule
Sept. 16 - 26, 2019
Monday and Thursday: 6 - 8 p.m.

Drones - Intro for Public Safety

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

Topics will include multi-rotor and fixed-wing drone flight systems, maintenance, registration, certification requirements, safety, insurance, public safety case-studies, featured systems (DJI, Yuneec, etc.), emerging technologies, and the COA application process.

Students interested in pursuing an FAA remote pilot certification should follow this course with the Drones - Hands-On Flight Training 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: $545
Tuition includes all course materials.

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Classroom)
8 hours, 0.8 CEUs, Non-Credit

Schedule
Sept. 13, 2019
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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 Drones - Hands-On Flight Training 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: $545
Tuition includes all course materials.

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Classroom)
8 hours, 0.8 CEUs, Non-Credit

Schedule
Sept. 3 - 12, 2019
Tuesday and Thursday: 6 - 8 p.m.

Get in Touch

Workforce Development
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 131
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(excluding college holidays and vacations)