Turn your passion into real-world operation and innovation.
Across the globe, small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS; under 55 lbs.) are rapidly transforming businesses and industries as we know them. From individual enthusiasts to major corporations, sUAS users are striving to harness the power of these systems, while keeping up with the industry’s ever-evolving technology and legal regulations. That’s why Embry-Riddle Worldwide created the professional program in small unmanned aircraft systems.
Consisting of three online courses, this non-degree program features the history and design of unmanned aircraft systems, delving into how industries across the board are using them now. You will explore today’s most innovative and exciting sUAS applications, from preventing wildlife poaching to filming blockbusters. You will learn about operating sUAS safely and legally, for both professional and recreational purposes. Most important, you will connect with resources to help you stay current on this quickly changing industry.
If you have a passion for sUAS, these professional education courses will help you take the next step toward effective application and exciting innovation.
Note: This non-degree program does not substitute for a license, degree, certification or required professional credential. A certificate of completion is issued upon successful completion of all three courses.
About the Instructor:
Dr. Brent Terwilliger is an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and the Program Chair for the M.S. in Unmanned Systems degree at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Worldwide campus, College of Aeronautics. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Northcentral University, a Master’s of Aeronautical Science and B.S. in Aerospace Studies from ERAU, and experience working more than a decade in defense contracting.
Click HERE to see a recent interview with Dr. Terwilliger.
This introductory course features the history and evolving uses of sUAS. Learn about the role of early aeronautical pioneers, eras of UAS development and example platforms, current and future uses, as well as major factors affecting future use, including an introduction to the operational environment and safety strategies. The curriculum modules include:
In this course, you will master the various design configurations of fixed-wing and vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) sUAS platforms, including common classifications and primary subsystems. You will also explore the theory of operation and examples components used in the aerial, payload, ground-based command, control, and communication (C3), human, and support equipment elements. The curriculum modules include:
This course examines typical operational methods, applicable federal regulations and guidance, methods to locate updated information, planning and risk management strategies employed in aviation, platform and environment use considerations, factors affecting use across multiple industries, and support considerations, including training and insurance. You will also have the opportunity to apply what you have learned to effectively plan and support an example sUAS operation, in compliance with Federal legal requirements. The curriculum modules include:
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