Free sUAS Course
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Want to learn more about small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (also known as drones)?

What’s more – want to learn for free? Well, your chance is coming up.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has announced it’s going to offer what it calls a “MOOC” early next year. A MOOC, you ask? Yes, a Massive Open Online Course. That means anyone can register and take in the course material online. Registration will begin January 9 of 2017, and the course itself will run from February 6 to February 19.

According to the University’s announcement, the two-part course will cover “key concepts related to small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS)/recreational drones, including basic types/groups, capabilities, and current and future uses.”

You’ll get a bit of sense of it from this video – which has, possibly, the most dramatic music ever used to grace a promo for an institute of higher learning:

The brief outline says there will be a lot of emphasis on flight safety within the US National Airspace System, “including where to find the online flight planning tools to help make every flight as safe as possible.”

There will also be a section about the Federal Aviation Administration’s new Part 107 rules for people who want to fly their drones for commercial purposes.

The people teaching the course are highly qualified instructors, so you can’t ask for a much better deal.

But why do this for free? The University says part of the reason is to introduce a wider audience to the University and its faculty – in the hope they might one day enroll.

Our advice? Every bit of knowledge helps. And if you’re new to the field, or looking to brush up, register January 9. You won’t wind up with a degree or anything, but you will get a record of attendance.

Plus, you’ll gain some knowledge – and you can’t put a price on that.

More information can be found here.


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