Kansas State Takes UAS Prep Course on the Road

The unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program on Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus is taking its Part 107 preparation course on the road and heading south to Dallas.

Designed to help professionals successfully complete the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new remote pilot in command certification, Kansas State Polytechnic is offering a UAS commercial pilot training course in Dallas from Friday, May 12, through Sunday, May 14. It will focus specifically on preparing attendees to pass the FAA’s Part 107 written test, which is required for anyone who wants to operate an unmanned aircraft for commercial purposes and does not have a manned pilot certificate. The UAS commercial pilot training course complements the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s annual conference, called AUVSI Xponential 2017, which is in Dallas earlier that week.

“Since the UAS program was established on K-State’s Polytechnic Campus 10 years ago, it’s been aim toward helping broaden the commercialization of the industry, so expanding our reach to another state is a significant contribution to that goal,” says Kurt Carraway, UAS executive director of Kansas State University’s Applied Aviation Research Center, which is on the Polytechnic Campus. “This course is perfect for any professional who wants to fly an unmanned aircraft for commercial operations and needs to pass the FAA’s Part 107 exam because it explores complex topics covered in the test that those outside the aviation industry might not understand. It also provides a personalized experience where interested UAS operators can connect with our program experts and have their questions answered immediately.”

Kansas State Polytechnic’s three-day course will be at the Cooper Hotel, Conference Center and Spa at 12230 Preston Rd. in Dallas. Following the completion of the UAS commercial pilot training course, participants must go to an approved FAA test center to take the exam. After passing it, they will be awarded a remote pilot in command certificate from the FAA.

The cost of the course is $1,000 for individuals, with a discounted rate for companies sending multiple attendees. The cost of the FAA exam is an additional charge. More information on the course, including registration, can be found here.

Photo: Travis Balthazor, UAS flight operations manager for Kansas State University’s Applied Aviation Research Center, prepares students for the written FAA exam during a Part 107 training course.

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