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.
- 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.
The Browne Center for Innovative Learning
340 Dame Road, Durham, NH, 03824
From the South - Boston
From the North - Maine
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.
Yes, students will be tasked with completing certain flight exercises/missions throughout this course.
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.
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.
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.