Drone sUAS Operation & Applications

Drone sUAS Operation & Applications

This two-day hands-on course will cover various aspects of drone/UAV operation and applications. Topics covered will include: understanding airspace restrictions, pre-flight planning, on site assessment, emergency procedures, mission planning, camera settings, advanced settings, and flight display.

Students will also have the opportunity to learn, practice and demonstrate their skills with basic & advanced flight exercises with a group and an instructor.

No prior experience is required to attend!

However, while it is not required, we recommend completing the following courses prior to taking this course:

Students do not need to bring their own UAS to this course. Several different UAS platforms will be available to students for hands-on exercises. The age requirement for this program is 15. Please note that this course caps at 20 students to allow for a low flight assistant to student ratio.

For questions and/or concerns, please contact: Kyle.Hirshkind@unh.edu or visit the FAQ tab above.

This program from the University of New Hampshire has been certified and recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) CTI Program. The FAA's UAS College Training Initiative program recognizes institutions that prepare students for careers in unmanned aircraft systems. Learn more about the initiative here.

What You Will Learn


Drone sUAS Operation & Applications

  • Airspace – Understanding airspace restrictions and waivers 
  • Preflight Planning – Safety, Part 107 Review, weather, site evaluation, equipment check, checklists.
  • On Site Assessment – Risk mitigation, site evaluation, RF Interference, pre-flight checklist.
  • Emergency Procedures – Loss of control link, Low Battery, Fly Away
  • Understanding Your Flight Display – DJI
  • Mission Planning – Photography, videography, mapping, inspection, thermal
  • Camera Settings – Why “Auto” should be avoided, mission specific considerations
  • Advanced Settings – Flight modes, RTH settings, Battery Warnings, etc.
  • Basic and advanced flight exercises.

Travel & Site Information


Drone sUAS Operation & Applications

The Browne Center for Innovative Learning

340 Dame Road, Durham, NH, 03824

From the South - Boston

  • Follow I-95 North into New Hampshire
  • Take Exit 4, on the left, to merge onto NH-16N/US-4 W to White Mountains
  • Take Exit 6W to merge onto US-4 toward Durham/Concord...

From the North - Maine

  • Follow I-95 South into New Hampshire
  • Take Exit 5 onto NH-16N / US-4 W toward Newington/Dover
  • Take Exit 6W to merge onto US-4 toward Durham/Concord...

Directions Continued

  • Take the NH-108 Exit toward Durham/Newmarket
  • Turn onto NH-108 South
  • Turn left at the lights to stay on NH-108 South
  • Turn left onto Durham Point Road, follow for 3.3. miles
  • Turn right on Dame Road, turns into dirt road, follow for .4 miles
  • Turn left at the blue Browne Center sign (sign is on right side of road)
  • Follow driveways to the end, past main building into the large parking lot

Instructor Bios


Drone sUAS Operation & Applications

  • Jim Cloutier

    Jim Cloutier is the President of Red Dog Aerial Media a UAS service provider that specializes in training and consulting for companies interested in starting UAS programs in house. Red Dog Aerial also offers aerial photography, videography, infrastructure inspection and mapping services for engineering, construction, commercial real estate and insurance companies. Jim has over 10 years building, designing and flying UAS platforms and holds his FAA Remote Pilot Certification.

    Jim graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. His electrical engineering career in the manufacturing industry included electrical design and programing for brewing and packaging systems, project management, information technology infrastructure design and deployment, software and hardware lifecycle analysis and technical training.  Jim is currently the Information Technology Manager at Anheuser-Busch in Merrimack, NH.



Drone sUAS Operation & Applications

Is there an age restriction?
You must be 15 years of age or older to attend and participate in this course.

Where is the class held?
The class is will take place at the Browne Center of Innovative Learning in Durham, NH unless noted otherwise. See "Travel & Site Information" tab for directions.

What should I wear?
We recommend wearing casual, comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the outside weather conditions. Bugs and tall grass may be also present depending on the time of year.

What should I bring with me?
Note pad, pen/pencil, water bottle, camping chair, appropriate clothing, snacks, etc. If you have your own drone and would like to bring it, you can, however, UNH will not be responsible for any damage or injury resulting from personal drones. More on this will be included in the Welcome Letter to registered students.

What are we going to cover?
See the course description for topics to be covered. Please contact us for more detailed information on specific lessons.

Is an FAA license required to attend?
No. You do not need to be licensed to attend/participate.

What is the typical class size?
A typical class size is 8-20 people.

I've never flown a drone before. Is this class too advanced for me?
Prior experience is not required for this course, however, we may recommend attending our Introduction to UAV/UAS/Drones course first. You may contact us if you are unsure.

What is the cost to attend?
Tuition cost for this course can be found under the section enroll tab.

I’m physically disabled – can I still fly a drone?
Yes, however, we may ask that you contact us directly so we can do our best to make the course work for you.

Am I allowed to bring a guest?
No, guests are not allowed. All participants must be registered for the class.

Do I get to fly a drone during this course?

Yes, students will be tasked with completing certain flight exercises/missions throughout this course.

Are drones provided?

Yes, drones are provided. Students may bring their own drone, but we may not allow them to be flown during certain portions of the class due to safety and liability.

What happens if it rains?

This class will take place rain or shine. If rain continues through our scheduled portion of the flight training, we will work to schedule open flight days at a later date.

Do I get my FAA Part 107 license after this class?

No, this course does not provide any FAA issued license after completion. While you will learn about the test and will be more prepared for it after this course, you will need to take and pass the FAA exam separate from this course. Check out our course specifically designed to help you pass the test here. Contact us for more information on how to obtain your license.

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