The University of Arkansas (U of A) Global Campus has partnered with the College of Engineering to offer a four-session course to help prospective drone pilots learn to fly, as well as prepare them to take the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) remote pilot certification exam.
Drone Pilot Training, also called Unmanned Aircraft Systems 1, will meet every other Saturday from Jan. 20 through March 3 at the Global Campus in Rogers, Ark. The course cost is $699, not including the fee for the FAA Part 107 exam or the required personal drone. U of A faculty, staff and current students get a 10% discount, the university notes.
Richard Ham, the senior associate director of the Master of Science in Operations Management program in the College of Engineering, will teach the class. Ham joined the U of A after he retired from the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Homeland Security. He teaches many U of A courses, including on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the university says.
“This course is the first step to becoming a professional, certified remote pilot,” Ham says. “It was developed for people interested in using this technology for work or commercial ventures, but it will also be valuable to hobbyists who want to fly safely and legally.”
Ham also organized Arkansas’ first Unmanned Aircraft Systems Summit and is spearheading efforts to establish an Arkansas chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.
The Global Campus Rogers provides workforce development and continuing education classes to help people in northwest Arkansas advance in their careers or start new ones.