Some call them drones, some apply the label “quadcopters.” The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) calls them “unmanned aerial systems” (UAS) or “unmanned aerial vehicles" (UAV).
No matter what we call them, they both are and aren’t new. Through major technology trends and advancements over the past decade, drones have (and still are) continuing to transform the way we assess certain tasks on a daily basis.
In this introductory course, we will look at everything from how UAV technology has changed since its arrival, to where we can predict it will go in the future. On top of this, students will grasp a better understanding of the current state of UAS technology, along with a firm understanding of local laws, licensing, documentation, business applications (starting/using for business), and much more.
This course serves as an elective in the Drone (UAV/UAS) Operator Certificate Program.
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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.
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.
Completing this course will provide you with a confirmation of attendance letter which will demonstrate successful completetion/participation in this one-day workshop. To receive your UNH Drone Operator Certificate, you may need to complete a few more requirements. You can view those requirements here.
No, it is not required. However, depending on your experience level, goals/business aspirations with UAS/UAV, and knowledge of airspace information, we would certainly recommend starting with this course before jumping into any of our other courses. If you have any questions/concerns about this, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org