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MVCC Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Training


This course is designed for anyone that wants to fly small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) for fun or as a new career after the FAA opens the skies to commercial use.  Students learn to fly, are taught about the different types of flight systems and, most importantly, acquire insight into safe and legal flying practices. Individuals will learn about emerging job opportunities, and companies are exposed to the application and use of this transformative technology in their businesses.

Over six 3-hour sessions, our complete overview will help you gain a thorough understanding of sUAS as we cover the following:

  • Indoor hands-on flight practice using a small model quadcopter
  • Computer simulator training
  • Different types of sUAS including both multi-rotor and fixed-wing
  • Flight systems from:
  • DJI (Phantom and Inspire 1)
  • 3D Robotics (Y6)
  • Infinite Jib (custom-built hexacopter with dual controls and first person video)
  • Flight vehicles, radio controllers, components and characteristics
  • Autonomous flight
  • Routine maintenance
  • Uses and applications
  • Markets
  • Photos and video
  • Post-processing
  • Economic drivers
  • Safety
  • Best-practices
  • Operational risks
  • Rules of the road
  • FAA
  • Policies
  • Lawsuits
  • Exemptions
  • How to fly legally now
  • Preparation for upcoming regulations
  • Privacy concerns
  • Insurance

Each student receives a small quadcopter and flight simulator software that they can use for practice in between classes and after the course is completed.

Mohawk Valley Community College’s Center for Corporate and Community Education
Location: Utica, NY
Dates: Saturdays, June 13, 2015 – June 27, 2015, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Introduction to sUAS (Small Unmanned Aerial Systems)