Course Syllabus

Part 2 of the SUAS Safety Certificate Coursework: An Operations and Application Perspective


The UAS Applications unit examines how unmanned aircraft are used to accomplish a variety of tasks in a complex environment. This unit focuses on how remote pilots apply UAS technology for commercial, scientific, and government purposes while respecting both the physical and regulatory limits. Additionally this unit explores the concepts of professionalism and ethics as they apply to remote pilots.



Each unit is comprised of a textbook reading (text is imbedded into the LMS), writing/research assignments, and an end of unit progress check. There are 20 graded learning events in the Systems course:


15 Graded Assignments worth 75% of the final grade

5 Graded Progress Checks worth 25% of the final grade


All assignments and progress checks are equally weighted at 5% of the final grade. A learner will need to score 80% in overall course to progress to the next course of study.



Each block is approximately equivalent to 8 hours of work, to include reading, studying, and completing assignments (not including the orientation segment).



The Applications course is divided into six units of study. Each unit varies in length and difficulty with a standardized structure consisting of required readings, assignments, and progress assessments.



6.1.Textbook reading: Types of UAS Operations

Assignment: The Development of the UAS industry

Assignment: Using UAS for Fire Fighting

6.2. Textbook reading: Four Stages of an Operation

Assignment: Stages of a UAS Operation

6.3. Textbook reading: UAS Limitations

Assignment: UAS Limitations

Unit 6 Progress Check



7.1. Textbook reading: Atmosphere and Circulation

Assignment: NWS Atmospheric Exercise (not graded)

Assignment: NWS Circulation and Climate Exercise (not graded)

7.2. Textbook reading: Clouds and Fronts

Assignment: NWS Clouds Exercise (not graded)

Assignment: NWS Thunderstorms Exercise (not graded)

Assignment: NWS Lightning Exercise (not graded)

7.3. Textbook reading: Weather Briefings and Performance

Assignment: NWS Synoptic Meteorology Exercise (not graded)

Assignment: NWS Weather Briefings Exercise (not graded)

Unit 7 Progress Check



8.1. Textbook reading: Professionalism

Assignment: Professionalism Exercise Introduction (not graded)

Assignment: Professionalism Exercise 1

Assignment: Professionalism Exercise 2

8.2. Textbook reading: Ethics

Assignment: Ethics Introduction (not graded)

Assignment: Ethics Exercise

8.3. Textbook reading: Best Practices

Assignment: Best Practices Exercise Introduction (not graded)

Assignment: Maintenance Best Practices

8.4. Textbook reading: Career

Assignment: Career Exercise Introduction (not graded)

Assignment: Resume and Jobs skills

Unit 8 Progress Check



9.1. Textbook reading: Aviation Regulations

Assignment: Regulation Exercise Introduction (not graded)

Assignment: Regulation Exercise

9.2. Textbook reading: UAS Regulations

Assignment: Part 107 Exercise

9.3. Textbook reading: The National Airspace System

Assignment: Airspace Exercise Introduction (not graded)

Assignment: Common Unmanned Aviation Acronyms

Unit 9 Progress Check



10.1. Textbook reading: Operations Near Airports

10.2. Textbook reading: The Airport Environment

Assignment: Aviation Terminology and Phraseology

Assignment: Airport Exercise (not graded)

10.3. Textbook reading: Other Aviation Hazards

Assignment: Wildlife Hazards

Assignment: Flying in the Wire Environment

Unit 10 Progress Check


Here is the course outline:

1. (Unit 6) UAS Applications

This unit explored topics associated with the application of UAS technology and provided specific examples of UAS used in the three major user sectors: government, commercial, and scientific. Independent of the type of application, all UAS operations share a common flight profile. This unit explores these stages and some of the associated challenges and limitations.

2. ( Unit 7) UAS and The Elements

UAS are being called upon to fill unique operational that take place in a complex and dynamic environment. This necessitates careful and deliberate planning, knowledge of the UA and its performance limitations, recognition of the crew’s own abilities, and an understanding of the environment where the operation takes place. One of the largest factors affecting UAS operations is weather. This unit explores weather patterns that are the product of uneven heating and circulation of air within the earth’s atmosphere. Learners will also be exposed to weather products designed to help pilots make meaningful decisions about the environment.

3. (Unit 8) Remote Pilot Professionalism

For the UAS industry to expand, remote pilots will need to distinguish themselves from the hobbyist. The greatest differentiator will be the professionalism of the remote pilot. Remote pilots are the newest addition to the aviation profession, which is held in high regard and joins other professionals, such as doctors, lawyers, and engineers. This newly established profession will be built by knowledgeable, responsible, and skillful individuals that execute their duties in an ethical and competent manner.

4. (Unit 9) UAS Rules and Regulations

Small UAS (sUAS) flight operations take place in a complex airspace system that has a dedicated regulatory agency and thousands of federal employees working around the clock to ensure the safe execution of air commerce. With the 2016 release of Part 107, sUAS flight operations are allowed into this system, and it is imperative that remote pilots understand and follow the rules and regulations of the sky

5. (Unit 10) Airspace Operations

The vast majority of UAS operations will occur in Class G airspace, low to the ground, and far from airports and their associated flight activities. However it is imperative that professional remote pilots understand the process and procedures needed to fly near airports and in controlled airspace. The knowledge gained in this unit will prepare remote pilots to access and safely operate in the National Airspace System.