Embry-Riddle to offer free sUAS online course

For those who received a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), or drone, as a gift this holiday season, or for those who would like to stay updated on the latest Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations for these aircraft, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is providing a free, two-week online course – Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) – Key Concepts for New Users. Registration for the course is open.


The massive open online course (MOOC) runs Feb. 6 to 19 and introduces novice sUAS users and seasoned aeronauts to numerous aspects of unmanned systems, as well as current and future applications. The MOOC also offers guidance on responsibly piloting aircraft in the National Airspace System (NAS).

This course is taught by a team of UAS experts, led by Dr. Scott Burgess, associate professor at Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s College of Aeronautics. Dr. Burgess has over 30 years of aviation expertise in both military and civilian aircraft, including helicopters and unmanned aircraft systems.

“This post-FAA Part 107 course will focus participants toward regulations, safety of flight and flight planning considerations,” said Burgess. “We have an outstanding team of faculty with private, commercial and government sector experts teaching on topics such as UAS integration, regulation, international operations, safety and systems. We will also harness the power of social media so participants can interface directly with each other and faculty.”


Students will learn the basic elements of safety, and airspace definitions and regulations so those individuals using the NAS understand and use best practices for reducing the risk of collisions between aircraft when operating a sUAS. This popular course, previously offered in 2016, has been updated to include the FAA’s new 2016 regulations (FAA Part 107) for sUAS operators.

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