Extension Home Study Course Prepares Drone Pilots for Exam

Extension Home Study Course Prepares Drone Pilots for Exam April 25, 2017

If you are interested in earning your Part 107 Remote Pilot certificate so that you can fly unmanned aircraft (drones) for commercial purposes, a new Nebraska Extension home study course will be of interest to you. This home study course focuses on the knowledge you will need to successfully pass the computer-based Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exam to earn your Remote Pilot certificate.

The home study course allows you to learn at your own pace while interacting with professional unmanned aircraft pilots and fellow course participants.

Course instructors will be Wayne Woldt, Nebraska Extension specialist in unmanned aircraft; Yeyin Shi, Nebraska Extension specialist in agricultural information and data; and Jacob Smith, unmanned aircraft pilot and flight director.

An educational content management system, termed CANVAS, will be used as the “virtual classroom” for the course. Within this online environment you'll be able to access the core curriculum and “drone coaches” as well as interact with peers as you progress through the learning system. By completing the course you will gain the knowledge necessary to successfully pass the FAA exam and earn your Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate. 

Total cost for this Nebraska Extension home study course is approximately $135. This includes $40 for the course plus the cost of the following required curriculum materials:  

  • The King Schools Drone education program, which will be offered at a 15% discount off the $99 retail price for those who register for this Nebraska Extension home study course. This discount amounts to a value of approximately $15.
  • ASA Remote Pilot Test Prep workbook, which is required and available on Amazon.com for about $11.
Instructions on how to buy the King Schools product at a discount, and access the Extension educational program website will be provided upon completion of registration. 

Experienced unmanned aircraft pilots affiliated with Nebraska Extension will be available to help with questions and provide coaching support as you progress through the home study course. In addition, you will be able to interact with your peers in the home study course, using the dialogue and chat capabilities of the CANVAS learning management system. 

Registrations for this first class will be accepted until about May 9.  Registrations are available on the NU-AIRE web site at http://nuaire.unl.edu. The course is expected to last approximately two months.

At the end of the course, participants will be invited to participate in a live “capstone” face-to-face session. (This event is optional for course participants.) This session provides an opportunity to join with your home study classmates, and the instructors in Lincoln, to discuss any lingering questions or concerns, and finalize your knowledge on unmanned aircraft. Registration in this home study course and your certificate of completion for the King Schools program will be required to participate in the “capstone” gathering. 

This course, expected to last two months, is a great opportunity for you to meet other remote pilots and prepare for the drone “hands-on flight training” to be offered by Nebraska Extension.

Registration

If you'd like to register for this Nebraska Extension home study course to prepare for earning your Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate, please visit the NU-AIRE website.

Additional Information

For more information on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) check out a webinar series hosted by the national eXtension group, UAS in Agriculture Learning Network.