Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems

This introductory course will allow you to understand and operate unmanned aircraft. This extensive 2 day course will contain everything you need to know about the unmanned aviation field. You will be able to plan, strategize, operate, test, and control these hi-tech machines. Whether for commercial or personal knowledge, this will open a whole new field to the participants of this class.

This course will be offered exclusively at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and we take pride in offering a UAS course to you. This course is not offered at all locations.

Southwest Airlines' NOC
Flight of the DJI Phantom 3

Unmanned Aircraft Systems 1

The introduction to Unmanned Aviation course will expose students to key aspects of the UAS industry, with a focus on the operator role and mission. Over two days, students will learn the history of UAS's, their mission, the developing regulations, and explore future opportunities in this growing field of aviation.

This course will prepare you to take the FAA UAS aeronautical test or recurrent test for former military UAS operators which would allow them to obtain their operator certificate from the FAA.

Course Objectives

  • Identify and define what an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) is.
  • Discuss aviation history related to UAS and the industry.
  • Describe aerodynamics theory and the principles of flight.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities for UAS.
  • Describe flight restrictions and obstacle clearing.
  • Identify aircraft systems and navigation.
  • Discuss and calculate weight and balance.
  • Describe physiological aspects of UAS.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems 2

The UAS Operator and Flight Training course will teach students basic and advanced airmanship skills with a focus on aerial photography with mission planning and execution that can be applied to agriculture, real estate, and infrastructure inspection jobs. Over two days, students will learn the basics of flight, preflight, mission planning techniques and progress to advanced/skilled maneuvers. This course will help students build operational experience and real time decision making skills under the guidance of seasoned instructors. They will be prepared to confidently use their UAS operator certificate for commercial or personal use.

Southwest Airlines' NOC
Operator of the DJI Phantom 3

Course Objectives - Upon Completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the unique flight properties and performance of popular quad-copter UAS's.
  • Perform preflight inspection and airspace/regulation checks before flight.
  • Perform basic and advanced flight maneuvers, take off, land, hover, and orbit.
  • Plan mission and selection of flight path.
  • Describe ground control software and hardware.
  • Perform LOS (line of sight) operation to execute a basic photo/survey mission.
  • Discuss safety tips and use of check lists.
  • Describe actions and response to common emergency scenarios.

Grading and Evaluation

This course is a Pass/Fail course and this will be based on attendance, participation and final test.
Attendance/Participation - 50% of overall grade, Final Flight Exam - 50%

Attendance Policy

This is an avocational course and is given over a 2 day period. Attendance is required in order to pass the course and receive a certificate.


This course is avocational in nature and is not included in ACCSC’s scope of accreditation – not Title IV eligible.

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This course is offered at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance - Manassas, VA, Chesapeake, VA, Atlanta, GA - Metro, Fremont, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Philadelphia, PA, Kansas City, MO, Dallas, TX - Metro, and Houston, TX campuses.


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About the Developer:


Brennan Haltli is a Principal Engineer at The MITRE Corporation’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development. He holds a Bachelor of Science Aerospace Engineering degree from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Science Systems Engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Haltli is a certified flight instructor and holds a Commercial Multi Engine Instrument Rated pilots license with +600 hours. Since 2003, Mr. Haltli has worked with NASA and the FAA to develop new technology and procedures to make manned and unmanned aircraft operations safer. In 2015, Mr. Haltli created Unmanned Aerial Solutions LLC to provide UAS pilot flight training and education services.