Mobilizing a Drone-Powered Economy


Course Description

This course examines the impact of drones on our economy and society while reviewing the necessary steps for starting a drone business. Topics include but are not limited to the analysis between advances in drone technology and the creation of wealth from new business opportunities that result from technical innovations, legal and liability issues, regulatory considerations, ethical and societal implications, operational considerations, and technical advances and limitations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course students will:
  • Determine and describe the steps for starting a drone services business
  • Analyze and explain key elements of a drone services business
  • Explain the impacts of drone on society
  • Analyze, identify, and explain legal and ethical issues of operating a drone services business
  • Identify costs associated with starting and maintaining a drone services business

    Students will:

    Examine the economic impact of drones of a variety of professional fields
  • Identify the impacts of drones on agriculture
  • Identify the impacts of drones on engineering
  • Identify the impacts of drones on public safety
  • Identify the impacts of drones on environmental management
  • Identify the impacts of drones on artistic photography, videography and cinematography

    Identify the steps for starting a drone business
  • Develop a business plan
  • Identify sources for startup funding
  • Identify Federal Aviation Administration record-keeping requirements
  • Examine the Request for Proposal/bidding process
  • Identify overhead costs and pricing formulas

    Students will learn to identify liability costs and examine methods for reducing risk
  • Identify types of insurance available for drone businesses
  • Describe methods for reducing risk to the pilot, public, and equipment
  • Develop a site safety plan

    Students will be provided with an overview of Federal, State, and local regulations that apply to the operation of drones
  • Identify the major provisions outlined in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 107
  • Examine state and local regulations specific to the operation of small drones

    Students will identify the cost consideration related to the technology of drones
  • Identify types of sensors and explain the type of data that each sensor can collect
  • Identify UAS platforms including their strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify software/hardware costs

    Students will study the potential impacts of autonomous and unmanned vehicles on our society
  • Identify the impacts of self driving cars and trucks
  • Identify the impacts of self piloting aircraft
  • Identify the impacts of self driving ships, barges, and submersible vehicles
  • Basic Skill Requirements


    James Taggart
    James Taggart is a Professor of Aviation and STEM at Atlantic Cape Community College and is responsible for the design and development of Atlantic Cape’s small unmanned aircraft systems field technical degree and credit bearing certificate programs. James has developed over a dozen two-year degree programs and over 40 career and technical education courses.

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