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Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Prep Course

Please note that this course is only offered at MIAT's Canton, MI campus
Please note that this course is only offered at MIAT’s Canton, MI campus

Next class: Monday, April 16th, 2018 – Friday, April 27th, 2018 from 6-10 pm EST M-F. Enroll now!

Drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs), are no longer used for just military and recreational purposes, but also in a number of commercial industries. Those industries include weather forecasting, industrial security, photography, search and rescue, and video production. With the FAA’s release of the new drone rules and the certification test that is available, now is the perfect time to earn your certificate to legally operate a drone for commercial use.

FAA Part 107 preparatory courses at MIAT’s Canton campus are now enrolling! The FAA Part 107 certificate is for those who are interested in operating drones that weigh 55 lbs or less for commercial purposes. Our course is focused on those looking to pass the FAA Part 107 certification exam and earn their certificate!

This course will include 40 hours of instruction over ten days taught by instructors who are educated in the field and qualified to provide you with the knowledge to take the exam. Classes will take place Monday through Friday for four hours a day. The option to take the FAA Part 107 exam on-site will be provided at the end of the course.

We are currently enrolling for this course; however, spaces are limited. If you are interested, please fill out the form below and pay the $25 application fee to reserve your spot (click here to access our convenient payment portal; please note in the comment field that the payment is for the drone course, and you may enter 0s for the student number).  The course costs $475 in tuition, in addition to the application fee.

If you have additional questions, please email us at drones@miat.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the FAA Part 107 certification?

The Part 107 certification is an FAA issued license that allows the holder to pilot small unmanned aerial vehicles in the national airspace system.

  • Who is required to get the FAA Part 107 certification?

If you intend to operate unmanned aerial vehicles for commercial purposes or if you receive any kind of compensation, you must pass the certification test.

  • What does the test entail?

The test is given at FAA-approved testing facilities.  It costs $150 and is timed for two hours. To pass the test you must score a minimum of 70%. The test is not part of the course itself. You will have the option of taking the test on-site at the end of the course, or at a testing center of your preference.

Areas of knowledge required to pass the test include:

a) Applicable regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft system rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation
b) Airspace classification and operating requirements, and flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation
c) Aviation weather sources and effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance
d) Small unmanned aircraft loading and performance
e) Emergency procedures
f) Crew resource management
g) Radio communication procedures
h) Determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft
i) Physiological effects of drugs and alcohol
j) Aeronautical decision-making and judgment
k) Airport operations
l) Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures

  • What happens if I fail the FAA test?

You may retake the test after a waiting period of 14 days.

  • What industries would require an FAA Part 107 certification?

Any industry that is using or plans to use UAS in the course of its operations, such as agribusiness, public safety, government, aerial survey, utilities, real estate, inspection, and many others.

  • I’m a hobbyist, do I need an FAA Part 107 certification?

No, as long as you are not being compensated for flying and you abide by the operating rules of a nationally recognized model aircraft organization.

  • What materials are required to take this course?

A Wi-Fi capable portable electronic device (laptop, tablet, phone, etc.) and writing materials. The device must be able to download .PDF files. The .PDF files are free; however, there is a $50 fee for the required practice tests.

  • Are books included with this course?

All course reference materials are available free online.

  • Can I just take the test without the course?  Where do I go to test?

Yes, there is no requirement to take this or any other class prior to taking the test.  However, there is a significant body of knowledge required to pass, and it would be extremely difficult for someone to succeed without adequate prior preparation.  The test may be taken on-site at MIAT, or at another approved testing center.

  • Does taking this course guarantee a passing score on the FAA test?

No.  While the instructors will endeavor to make you as prepared as possible, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to pass the test.

  • Does this course include instruction on how to fly drones?

No, the course is focused solely on preparation for the part 107 test.

  • How do I reserve my seat for this course?

You must fill out the form below to register, as well as pay the $25 application fee.

  • What is the format of the course?

The course is classroom based, with four hours of on-site instruction per day.  Additional study and preparation work at home are also expected.

  • How large are the classes?  How much individual attention will I get?

There will be up to 25 students per class.  Instructors will available 30 minutes before class for individual questions.

  • Is payment required up front for this course?

Yes.  You must pay the $25 application fee to reserve a spot, and full payment of the course fee is required prior to starting the class.  To make a payment, please click here to use our payment portal; please note in the comment field that the payment is for the drone course, and you may enter 0s for the student number.

  • How much does it cost?

The course costs $475, in addition to the $25 application fee.

Drone Course

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