Introduction to UAV/UAS/Drones

Introduction to UAV/UAS/Drones

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.

What You Will Learn


Introduction to UAV/UAS/Drones

  • The drone boom. A look at the history of drones and how the technology has dramatically changed in the last ten years.
  • Drones of today - fixed wings and multi-rotors. A discussion of the current technology.
  • Do I really need a license? Why the FAA is regulating the use of drones.
  • Understanding how to study for your Part 107
  • Lets talk airspace
  • Geofencing
  • Flight and maintenance logs - It’s all about the documentation
  • A brief look at some operator interfaces for common drones.
  • Starting a drone business - The basics

Instructor Bios


Introduction to UAV/UAS/Drones

  • 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.



Introduction to UAV/UAS/Drones

Do I need my own drone to participate in this course?
No, you do not. Prior experience and/or knowledge on this topic is not required.

Where is the class held?
The class is will take place at one of our training locations in Portsmouth, Manchester, Durham or online via Zoom. Please note the location for the specific course section you register for.

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

Will there be any flight training during this course?
This course is specifically classroom-based only. Depending on multiple factors (location, weather, student interest, etc.) there may be time for an instructor-led flight demo.
If you are looking for hands-on flight training, visit our UNH Drone Academy page for specific training courses.

Will I receive any certification after completing this course?

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.

Do I need to complete this course before enrolling in any other Drone Academy courses?

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 kyle.hirshkind@unh.edu


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