sUAS Procedures & Regulations


Course Description

This course will equip students with knowledge about the regulations and procedures governing safe and legal operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly known as “drones”. The scope of this course coincides with the knowledge areas in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 airman knowledge test for a Remote Pilot Certificate with a sUAS rating, and is intended to prepare students who wish to become commercial sUAS pilots for the knowledge test.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
1.Recall and explain applicable regulations relating to sUAS rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation;
2.Identify and understand airspace classification, operating requirements, and flight restrictions affecting sUAS operation;
3.Predict and demonstrate an understanding of aviation weather sources and effects of weather on sUAS performance;
4.Describe considerations in sUAS loading;
5.Recall and apply sUAS emergency procedures;
6.Recall and implement crew resource management;
7.Recall and implement radio communication procedures;
8.Identify and explain factors determining the performance of sUAS;
9.Describe the physiological effects of drug and alcohol on remote pilots;
10.Recall and apply aeronautical decision-making and judgement;
11.Describe airport operations;
12.Recall and implement maintenance and preflight inspection procedures;
13.(All objectives on this page were adopted from the distinct knowledge areas of the airman knowledge test as written in the official FAA Remote Pilot sUAS Study Guide).

Basic Skill Requirements

Appropriate Language and/or Computational Skills.

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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