Embry-Riddle Offers UAV Basics Class Online

Students will learn how to safely operate drones in U.S. airspace.

Embry-Riddle Drone Class
Embry-Riddle will begin its massive open online course on drone safety in February.Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Both UAV novices and experts are invited to enroll in the upcoming Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) online course created to bring students one step closer to better understanding where a drone, as well as the drone operator, can safely fit into the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS).

The course begins February 6 and runs through February 19, and will be taught in the massive open online course (MOOC) format that offers participation to an unlimited number of students around the globe.

Although there are no pre-requisites, the university says participants should expect to spend five to six hours each week on course material such as small unmanned aerial system (sUAS), drone flight planning tools and a look at current and future aircraft capabilities.

At the end of the two-week class, participants should be able to describe the basic types of sUAS vehicles, understand the sUAS operating environment, including the NAS, learn the top sUAS do's and don’ts as they apply to recreational users, identify the regulatory requirements to earn a remote pilot certificate (RPC) and understand how to plan a safe drone flight.

ERAU professor, CFI and RPC Scott Burgess will teach the class. Online registration is now open.