Drone Pilot Class Offered at FDLTCC

April 8, 2022

Apr. 7—CLOQUET — Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will offer a new class this summer geared toward those interested in becoming FAA certified to fly a drone.

Geography 1060: Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems will provide participants with hands on experience flying a drone and receiving training for the FAA Remote Pilot Certification exam, according to a news release.

The eight-week course starts June 1.

"Drones are powerful tools that enable inexpensive, high-quality surveying, inspection, observation and aerial photography and videography. They bring your eyes to the skies," said FDLTCC Geographic Information Systems Program coordinator Carl Sack. "They give you an expansive view of your surroundings on demand."

The course will prepare students for the FAA Remote Pilot Certificate exam, which is required to legally fly drones professionally or within 5 miles of an airport, the news release said. The certification exam is not offered as part of the course. The exam may be taken at a local testing center and costs $150. Remote Pilot Certification is good for two years and can be renewed by taking a free online refresher course.

The course is open to anyone interested in learning to pilot drones. To register for the course, students must first apply and enroll at FDLTCC. Students in the class will receive 2 credits of undergraduate coursework.

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