Program Information

Course Description

The overall objective of this new, exciting course is to provide the participants with a thorough understanding of what procedures and documentation are required to obtain FAA approval and authorization to conduct commercial UAS operations in the National Airspace System and to teach basic flight maneuvers using a quadro-copter.  


Participants should hold a FAA Airman Certificate (ATP, Commercial, Private, Recreational, Sport) and associate medical certificate (Class I, II, III or valid driver’s license for the Sport Pilot’s License).  If the student does not possess a FAA certificate they should have completed and passed the FAA approved ground school.  Exceptions can be considered if the student can demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the following aviation subjects: weather, the National Airspace System, navigational charts, NOTAMs, ATC procedures, communications and aerodynamics.  

Course Objectives

The Auburn University Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight Training Course Objectives:

Basic Overview: History – System Types – Mission – Payloads / Sensors - Safety
FAA Documentation:  Commercial Operation Exemptions (333 Exemption) and COA
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM):  Study of the FAA’s proposed rules
UAS Safety Overview, including checklists

FAA Rules & Regulations applicable to UAS
Overview of UAS applications, including different types of sensors
Hands on Multi-rotor flight training: Basic UAS flight (Multi-rotor)

Course Schedule (subject to change based on weather conditions)

Before attending the UAS Flight Training Course, participants should review the following:

NPRM Proposed rule making for part 107.

Participants should also download the following apps:

  • DJI Vision
  • AeroWeather (pro)
  • NOTAMs

*This course does not certify the individual to conduct commercial UAS operations or qualify / certify you as a UAS operator.  To operate commercially, one must submit and receive an approved FAA 333 Exemption and Certificate of Authorization (COA).


Day 1

  • 08-09 Class Introduction & Description
  • 09-10 UAS Overview
  • 10-12 UAS Systems, Missions & Safety
  • 13-14 Introduction to DJI Phantom 2+ & flight profiles
  • 14-17 Move & Setup for Basic Flight training

Day 2

  • 08-10 FAA 333 Exemption
  • 10-12 FAA COA
  • 13-17 Move & Setup for Intermediate Flight training
  • Day 3

    • 08-10 UAS Operations
    • 10-12 NPRM Review
    • 13-16 Move & Setup for Advanced Flight training
    • 16-17 Move back to Airport, Test & End of Course Critique

Last Updated: September 1, 2015