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Unmanned Aerospace Systems (UAS) - Key Concepts for New Users

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Full course description

Course Date:

Jan 11 - Jan 24, 2016


2 weeks


5-6 hrs/week



Course Type:





This two-part course covers key concepts related to unmanned aerospace systems (UAS)—also known as recreational drones—including basic types or groups, capabilities, and current and future uses. Particular emphasis is placed on safety of flight within the National Airspace System (NAS), including where to find online flight planning tools to help make every flight as safe as possible.

As a participant in this course, you’ll learn more about:

  • UAS basics
  • The UAS operating environment
  • The National Airspace System (NAS)
  • The dos and don'ts for UAS/Recreational Drone Operations
  • Planning to fly safe

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This course will consist of two 30-40 minute pre-recorded presentations, coupled with interactive discussion boards, supporting links, videos, and current Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) graduate student support in responding to participant questions and comments.


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

  • Describe the basic types of UAS and their capabilities.
  • Discuss the UAS operating environment, including the National Airspace System (NAS).
  • Understand the basic dos and don'ts of UAS/recreational drone operations.
  • How to plan safe UAS/drone flights.

Course Instructors

Patrick Ford

Dr. Patrick Ford

Assistant Professor of Aeronautics

Dr. Patrick Ford is an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Assistant Professor of Aeronautics, as well as a consulting science advisor with the U.S. Navy. He is active in support of applied UAS training and education in his home state of Washington. A retired U.S. Naval Reserve officer, Dr. Ford holds a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences from Walden University, where his research efforts resulted in the first commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) radar flown on a UAS. His M.S. degree is in space studies from the University of North Dakota, where his research focused on microgravity countermeasures for long-duration spaceflight. Dr. Ford holds a Sport Pilot certificate with tailwheel endorsement, an Advanced Ground Instructor certificate, and an Advanced Class Amateur Radio license.