SUAS-6000 Airworthiness Certification of Unmanned Systems

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Early Registration Discount

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Course is Part of this Program

Course Length
Facilitated Online

Course Dates & Locations
Online beginning:  June 1, 2019
September 1, 2019
November 1 2019
January 1, 2020
March 1, 2020
May 1, 2020

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This course features an in-depth examination of existing airworthiness certification processes and applies them to the emerging field of unmanned aircraft systems. Students will be introduced to basic UAS applications, the history of UAS, an explanation of airworthiness standards, certification organizations, airworthiness requirements and UAS type certifications. Students will complete a small UAS (sUAS) certification project of their choosing as part of the course requirements.

The explosive growth of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) across the globe has created expansive growth in the numbers of UAS systems, operators, and pilots across the globe. In prior years, this growth was mostly unregulated and uncontrolled. Much like UAS's bigger brother, manned aircraft, the community recognizes that standards and certification efforts are required to ensure public safety. This course focuses on the history and definition of UAS, various UAS applications and classes, and the definition of airworthiness, criteria, and standards. Students will select and develop a UAS certification package (case study) of their choosing as part of this class.

Who Should Attend

  • Domestic and Internal UAS Owners and Operators
  • Government and Non-Government Agencies
  • Engineers, administrators, managers and certification specialist from airlines, aircraft maintenance organizations, and maintenance repair and overhaul organizations.
  • Managers and engineers from civil Aviation Authorities and regulators.

Course Objectives

  • Summarize the history of UAS.
  • Outline the various UAS Applications and Classes.
  • Define a UAS.
  • Define Airworthiness.
  • Recognize Airworthiness Safety Standards.
  • Locate Airworthiness Standards Criteria.

Contact Us

Office of Professional Education, Worldwide Campus
1 Aerospace Boulevard
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114-3900

About the Instructor

Joseph (“Pat”) Dunagan

Joseph (“Pat”) Dunagan

Adjunct Instructor
Embry-Riddle - Worldwide
College of Aeronautics

Pat is an adjunct instructor for ERAU and has over 40 years experience in aerospace engineering including new aircraft design, aircraft modifications, installation and airworthiness certification activities for both manned and unmanned systems. He is also an FAA Systems and Equipment Designated Engineering Representative (DER).