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

Ended Jan 31, 2018

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Full course description

Course Date:

Feb 6 - Feb 19, 2017


2 weeks


5-6 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate (free)


Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) - Key Concepts for New Users is presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace. Whether you are flying for fun or for a commercial enterprise, this course will introduce you to key concepts related to sUAS, including basic types, capabilities, and current and future uses. Particular emphasis is placed on safety within the National Airspace System (NAS), including where to fly and where to find flight planning tools. The MOOC also introduces the FAA's new regulations (FAA Part 107) and will focus participants toward possible certification, regulations and flight planning considerations.

This course is for both novice and seasoned sUAS enthusiasts.


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.

Course Instructors

Dr. Scott Burgess, CFI, RPC

Dr. Scott Burgess, CFI, RPC


Dr. Scott Burgess is an Associate Professor with the College of Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Dr. Burgess has 32 years of aviation experience that spans helicopters, unmanned systems, and jets, and includes instructor ratings, certificates, and licenses. Scott represents ERAU as an officer on the UAS Committee for the Helicopter Association International and he consults on sUAS integration for security applications.

With Dr. Scott Burgess, this course is facilitated by a team of UAS, aviation, and safety experts, including Dr. Ken Bradley, Dr. Rene Herron, Mr. Christian Janke, Dr. Robert Joslin, Dr. Kat Moran, Dr. Bettina Mrusek, Mr. Brad Opp, Mr. Jim Pennington, Mr. Paul Ramirez, Mr. Silas Stills, Mr. David Thirtyacre, and Mrs. Gloria Wilson.