Remote Pilot Certification

Drone Course Promotion

The Center for Aviation Studies offers training for those interested in obtaining their Remote Pilot certification through the FAA. This certification allows an individual to operate an Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle (UAV), commonly referred to as a drone, for commercial purposes where you are receiving some form of compensation. While Remote Pilot certification is not required for recreational operations, there is still benefit in the training in order to learn best practices with respect to safety and professionalism.

The Remote Pilot curriculum is centered around the training platform from Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), which is completed online. In addition, the courses will include additional information on how to utilize a drone for a business, as well as hands on flight time with a variety of drones within the Center for Aviation Studies fleet. USI provides industry recognized credentials, that students can add to their resumes after completing the coursework. 

USI Certificate programs

The AVN 2401 course will consist of hands on flight time with both a simulation as well as a variety of drones.  The simulation is called Zephyr, and it provides the same flight characteristics as the UAVs offered in our fleet, and is a great alternative for those days when the weather does not cooperate, or when extra practice is needed. The fleet currently consists of: ALTA X, Wingtra One Gen 2, Skydio 2, Phantom 4, Autel Evo Nano+. 

Future course offerings will include operations with UAVs that can operate Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), maintenance of UAVs, sensor operations, evaluation of design characteristics, UAV entrepreneurship, and many other topics. The Center for Aviation Studies will be defining the course progression needed to begin offering a minor and/or major in UAV operations in the future.

For additional information on these courses, please contact Shannon Morrison.413@osu.edu 

For UAV Industry Partnerships, please contact Chris Strasbaugh.2@osu.edu 

Aviation 2400 Fundamentals in UAS

  • Introduction to UAS
  • UAS career paths
  • Basic UAS business skills
  • Exam preparation: FAA Part 107 certification and Unmanned Safety Institute Level One

Aviation 2401 UAS Operations

  • Commercial flying
  • Mission planning and flight operations
  • Site-specific safety
  • Exam preparation: Unmanned Safety Institute Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) Ground and Flight