Introduction to Drone Safety and Applications


Course Description

This class is an introduction to drone safety and applications. Other than reviewing the regulations governing small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operations and considerations for safe flying, we explore the exciting present and emerging trends of sUAS applications across various industries.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the student will:
  • Identify the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations governing small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operations;
  • List the safety considerations when operating a small unmanned aerial vehicle;
  • Establish a set of “best practices” when operating an sUAS;
  • List ways to verify that the small UAS is in condition for safe operation;
  • Identify the effects of weather on small UAS operations;
  • Discuss existing and emerging trends of sUAS applications in various industries.
  • Basic Skill Requirements


    Wing H. Cheung
    Wing Cheung is a Professor of Geography and GIS at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. In addition to his teaching duties, he coordinates the GIS, Drone Technology and Environmental Studies programs at the College. He is Principle Investigator for the NSF-funded UAS Operations Technician Education Program (UASTEP), and Assistant Director with the NSF-funded Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence.

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