Class Highlight - Operation and Application of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems


Small Unmanned Aerial Systems sUAS drone piloting

What class?

LSTD 1603 - Operation and Application of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

Why is it cool?

From gorgeous aerial footage of events and scenic views to your neighbor flying one down the street, drones, or small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), seem to be everywhere these days. As drones begin to benefit everyone from simple hobbyists to commercial drone pilots, their popularity will only continue to increase

In August 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration issued new regulations requiring a Remote Pilot Certificate to anyone operating a drone for commercial purposes, including Real Estate agents, filmmakers and public safety organizations. In April 2016, more than 44,000 commercial drones had been registered, and the FAA expects growth in the commercial drone sector to increase as much as 1,000 percent by 2021.

“The study material is pretty dense if you have no prior aviation experience. Having someone translate and walk you through it has been very helpful.”

In Operation and Application of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems, students will learn everything they need to know to take the FAA’s sUAS initial Aeronautical Knowledge Test, which is required to obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate and to operate a commercial drone.

Instructor Matt Esker said the course prepares students to be successful taking the Part 107 commercial pilot knowledge test. It covers history, some theory of operations and a basic introduction to the technology.

“The study material is pretty dense if you have no prior aviation experience,” he said. “Having someone translate and walk you through it has been very helpful.”

Students will learn to speak more intelligently about the industry and gain an understanding of how integral unmanned aerial systems have been in the evolution of aircraft. This is an exciting opportunity to gain access to information that was previously omitted from most aviation history courses and books.

Students will leave the class not only prepared to pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test, but with a clear understanding of safe and professional drone operation.

Talk to your advisor to see if this class might be right for you, or see what else is offered by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.