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Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) – Key Concepts for New Users

Ended Feb 4, 2018

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Full course description

Course Date:

Jan 22 - Feb 4, 2018


3 weeks


4 hrs/week



Course Type:





This two-week MOOC covers key concepts related to small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), including basic types, capabilities, and current and future uses. Particular emphasis 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 UAS pilots.


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.

Course is offered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Course Instructors

Dr. Kristy Kiernan

Dr. Kristy Kiernan

Lead Instructor

Dr. Kiernan is the program chair for the Master of Science in Unmanned Systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide. Read More.

A former Coast Guard aviator, she holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating as well as a Remote Pilot certificate. She is a member of the drafting team for the Remote Pilots Code of Conduct, and has developed courses for systems training, aircraft performance, and UAS operations and payloads.

Dr. Scott Burgess

Dr. Scott Burgess


Dr. Burgess has 32 years of aviation experience, both military and civilian, that spans helicopters, unmanned systems, jets, and includes instructor ratings, certificates, and licenses. Read More.

He has developed and instructed live and online courses for 16 years, including several UAS courses.