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The UNH Drone Academy

UNH PD&T is the leading drone operator training solution in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. UNH offers open enrollment programs for engineers, land surveyors, city planners, photographers, academics or hobbyists and can also offer custom programs that can be brought to your area.

The UNH Drone Academy was created in effort to offer training for all levels of experience. Our priortization of hands-on flight time, crucial one-on-on instructional support, and customizable programming is what sets UNH apart from the rest.

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Drone (UAV/UAS) Operator Certificate

Self-Paced Certificate | Enroll Anytime

The Drone (UAV/UAS) Operator Certificate Program will provide you with the skills necessary to safely and efficiently operate UAS equipment. Through four elective workshops, you will gain skills in operation, business, local/national laws, licensing, photography, videography, & more.

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Introduction to UAV/UAS/Drones

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.

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Part 107 Test Preparation Workshop

This workshop introduces students to the FAA’s Part 107 non-hobbyist small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) regulations and the associated Part 107 Certification test. By the end of this workshop students will be more prepared to successfully pass the FAA Remote Pilot Knowledge Test.

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Custom Training & Services

Searching for specific/private training for your business, organization, or team? The UNH Drone Academy is currently accepting custom training inquiries.

Our team of flight instructors can work to accommodate special requests throughout New England.


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Hands-on Flight Training Courses

Check out our upcoming hands-on flight training courses below. These courses deliver instruction and knowledge from Part 107 certified pilots, and offer the experience of learning how to fly and operate a drone safely and legally. Aspects include mapping & lidar, photography, emergency response, and more.

Drone sUAS Operation & Applications

October 2 & 3 | Durham, NH

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

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Drone (sUAS) Videography & Photography

October 16 & 17 | Durham, NH

Students will receive training in video camera setup, camera maneuvers, shooting practices, pre and post production planning and film editing. In addition, the course will review safe flying practices with an emphasis on current FAA airspace regulations, rules and privacy concerns.

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Drone sUAS Operators Comprehensive Course

To Be Announced | Durham, NH

This program is designed for current or future UAS pilots based in New England. Familiarize yourself with UAS equipment and safety protocol while learning more about how UAS technology is being used in different contexts.
This four-day Drone Operator program focuses primarily on hands-on flight activities that are appropriate for the beginner or intermediate drone pilot. Approximately half of the class time will focus on outdoor flight exercises that introduce students to progressively more difficult navigational tasks and scenarios.

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UNH Drone Academy Trains Tomorrow's Workforce

Cloutier and his wife started Red Dog Aerial Media, which specializes in photos and video taken using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones, for businesses, broadcasters, real estate companies, construction firms and others. He’s also an instructor for Drone Academy, a new program from UNH Professional Development and Training (PDT) that immerses drone operators in the basics of safely flying and operating drones.

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Drone News

  • High-tech Rescue: Drone Saves Missing Man

    • SOMERSWORTH — Public safety officials used a drone and infrared imaging to rescue a missing man in the woods on a cold and rainy Sunday morning, using the technology to locate the man in 17 minutes after 7½ hours of unsuccessful traditional searching. Read more


  • Portsmouth Police Ramp Up Drone Program

    • Police officials on Tuesday heard plans for a three-officer team to lead a drone program, run by the Portsmouth Police Department, but available to area communities. They also heard about plans to address privacy rights while using drones during emergencies and large-crowd events. Read more