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 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
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:

Online
8 hours, 0.8 CEUs, Non-Credit

Schedule
TBA

Drone Pilot Training – Hands-On Introduction Course

This hands-on course builds the foundational skills you need to pilot a multirotor aircraft (drone) safely and proficiently. No prior experience is required. Instruction will consist of basic flight concepts as they relate to the control and maneuverability of the aircraft. You will complete a variety of flight exercises, starting off simple and becoming more difficult as your proficiency grows. The skills that are most challenging to remote pilots - depth perception, reverse orientation and coordination of controls - will be addressed in this introductory course.

Students will leave with a better understanding of the hand-eye coordination and dexterity needed to maintain control of a drone at all times during flight. Students also will gain more confidence in their skills and will be more comfortable flying high-powered, highly-technical GPS-guided multirotor aircraft. This course’s unique indoor training methodology uses model quadcopters (currently the Syma X5C without FPV). 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:

  1. Identifying flight system orientation
  2. Accounting for issues related to depth perception
  3. Flying without dependency on GPS

These essential skills are needed to create safe, proficient remote pilots and are easily transferred into more advanced drone flight systems. Successful graduates of this course are pilots who can confidently fly the aircraft when there is a situational requirement for manual flight control.

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: $250
Tuition includes all course materials.

Delivery of Course:

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

Schedule:
Monday, Aug. 9, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with 30 minutes for lunch

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 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: $545
Tuition includes all course materials.

Delivery of Course:

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

Schedule
TBA

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:

Online
8 hours, 0.8 CEUs, Non-Credit

Schedule
TBA

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