Commercial Drone Operator Course

Interested in getting your Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Remote Pilot Certificate for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) - drones? This online course will prepare you for the FAA Part 107 aeronautical knowledge test, a necessary step in obtaining a license to fly your drone commercially in the United States. You will explore topics such as federal aviation regulations, aviation weather services, weather effects on performance, loading and performance, radio communications, airport operations, aeronautical decision-making, and maintenance and inspections. The required text for this course is the Gleim Remote Pilot FAA Knowledge Test Prep - 2nd Edition.

In order to become a pilot, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old

  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English

  • Be in a physical and mental condition to safely fly a drone

  • Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge exam

Class will meet through remote digital learning environments such as Zoom and/or Collaborate for “live” group classes. Students will also be using remote environments such as Blackboard and email for asynchronous components. Students will need a computer, tablet or smart phone with reliable wifi connection.

Please note: registration for the class will close one week before the start date! You will be expected to regularly check your email for instructions on how to join the “live” classes and log into your Blackboard account. If the start date is approaching and you have not seen an email from us, please check your spam folder. You must also attempt to log into your account a few days prior to the start of the course so that you can notify us of any problems that may require assistance from the computer helpdesk.

This 18-hour synchronous online course does not include hands-on drone operating experience. You will be expected to dedicate out-of-class time to study the course material in between sessions. Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible to take the FAA Part 107 certification exam. You must independently register and pay an additional fee to take the FAA exam. These services are not included, but the instructor will review how to register for the exam as part of the course.