Oakland U offers drone pilot certificate program online

ROCHESTER—Due to continued concerns over safety in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Oakland University announced it had moved its Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Remote Pilot Certificate program to a live online format.

Both the first course through Oakland and the second course, through Waterford Township-based DCT Aviation, will be held in interactive virtual settings. Students will attend the virtual classroom on set days and times with their teachers and other students.

Those interested may email oupace@oakland.edu with questions, or visit https://www.oakland.edu/secs/departments/ece/multicopters for more information. Student and faculty discounts are available. For more information, call (248) 370-4699.

The first course will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. June 3, 10, 17, and 24, and July 10. The second course from TCT will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. July 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11, and from 9 a.m. to noon July 12.

The cost for the first course is $600, and the cost for the second course is $325. Students must preregister with the Federal Administration Aviation, at a cost of about $5, and became a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics at a cost of $75 to receive insurance coverage and UAS updates.

Each student is also required to buy a Blade Nano QX quadrotor drone, about $60 online.

The FAA sUAS Remote Pilot Exam can be taken after CEEN 10201, and the option to take it will be offered with that course. There is a $160 fee associated with taking the exam.

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