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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.
Joseph (“Pat”) Dunagan
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).