Embry-Riddle free MOOC – small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) – key concepts and best practices for new users

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This two-week MOOC covers key concepts related to small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), including basic types, characteristics, applications and current and future uses. It is designed for users with commercial, private/recreational, and public and educational interest in sUAS applications. Specific importance is placed on safety of flight within the National Airspace System (NAS), including where to fly and where to find flight planning tools. The MOOC also introduces the Federal Aviation Regulations that cover commercial operations of sUAS (known as FAR Part 107), providing participants with the knowledge and resources to pursue further training, should they wish to become commercial sUAS pilots. We will also address challenges such as Cyber Security, privacy and data protection.

This two-week MOOC covers key concepts related to small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), including basic types, characteristics, applications and current and future uses. It is designed for users with commercial, private/recreational, and public and educational interest in sUAS applications. Specific importance is placed on safety of flight within the National Airspace System (NAS), including where to fly and where to find flight planning tools. The MOOC also introduces the Federal Aviation Regulations that cover commercial operations of sUAS (known as FAR Part 107), providing participants with the knowledge and resources to pursue further training, should they wish to become commercial sUAS pilots. We will also address challenges such as Cyber Security, privacy and data protection.

OBJECTIVES

Upon successful completion of all components of the course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the basic types of sUAS and their capabilities.
  • Discuss the sUAS operating environment, including the National Airspace System (NAS).
  • Discover the basic dos and don’ts of sUAS/recreational drone operations.
  • Identify regulatory requirements for remote pilot certifications.
  • Recognize requirements for planning safe sUAS flights.

Target Audience: This course is ideal for anyone new to small unmanned aircraft systems who wants to learn to operate confidently and safely.

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