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The Professional Drone Pilot Training Academy was honored with the 2019 University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Mid-Atlantic Region Outstanding Program Award.

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  • Prepare for the FAA’s airman knowledge test
  • Certification applicable to a growing list of professions
  • 2-day weekend course in Newark — REGISTER NOW!
  • Discounts, scholarships available
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Personal hobbyists, police, fire and rescue personnel; engineers, real estate agents, photographers, roofers and other professionals are using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for tasks ranging from racing and photography to surveillance and damage assessment. Legally flying a drone for commercial use requires an FAA Part 107 remote pilot certificate. During this intensive course, flight instructors provide comprehensive classroom training and prepare drone pilots for the Federal Aviation Administration’s airman knowledge test—conducted at an FAA-certified testing center—which must be passed to earn the certificate.

Course topics include regulations, airspace, weather, loading and performance, and operations. The exam ensures that commercial drone pilots have the ability to act responsibly, coordinate with air traffic control in case of emergencies, read aeronautical maps, and abide by all general aviation regulations and specific regulations pertaining to UAS. (Note: This is a test prep program. The examination is not administered as part of the class.)

If you are not highly proficient at flying a drone, or feel you can benefit from professional, hands-on training, please consider registering for our Professional Drone Pilot: Foundations of Flight program along with this course. — LEARN MORE

Program details

Register Now buttonProfessional Drone Pilot: Ground School and FAA Part 107 Test Prep
LOCATION: 501 S. College Ave., Newark, Delaware
SCHEDULE: September 19-20, 2020 — 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
PRICE: $395, all materials included. Scholarships and potential discounts available, including: Early registration, Military, UD student or alum, 2 or more (group).

Who should participate in this program?

  • First responders (police, fire, rescue personnel)
  • Investigators
  • Insurance adjusters and real estate agents
  • Reporters, film makers, producers, photographers, marketers, web designers
  • Engineers, construction professionals, roofers
  • Accident scene investigators
  • Site and structure inspectors (tower, roofing, building, land surveyor, electrical line, oil and gas fields, agriculture)
  • Construction estimators and project managers
  • Aerial photographers
  • Anyone interested in starting a UAS-based business
  • UAS freelancers
  • Emergency management professionals (federal, state and municipal level)
  • Any other professionals or hobbyists using UAVs

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Paige Fitzgerald serves as the director of UAS training for Adam Ringle Consulting. Fitzgerald has successfully prepared dozens of students from diverse professional sectors to earn their FAA Part 107 remote pilot certificate by passing the Federal Aviation Administration’s airman knowledge test and has developed a flight-training program utilizing a variety of platforms in multiple environments. A specialist in program management, she can not only provide training, but also develop the foundational documents needed for a successful UAS program, such as policies, procedures and checklists. Fitzgerald is well-versed in public sector grant management and can help identify funding solutions to establish or grow UAS programs. Her extensive public messaging experience across a variety of projects and proven record of creating buy-in among diverse stakeholders can be leveraged to create interagency support for those looking to start new UAS programs.

Fitzgerald has experience in a variety of instructional environments, including online learning, classroom courses and hands-on skills training. She currently serves an instructor for Delaware Technical Community College’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management degree program. She was previously a planner at the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, where she oversaw the administration of its UAS program, as well the administration of the state UAS committee. She is highly knowledgeable of FAA regulations and requirements, including 14 CFR Part 107, especially as it relates to public safety flight programs. Her flight experience includes many complex missions in adverse conditions, such as night flying, high wind and multi-use or controlled airspace. Other areas of specialization include NIMS compliant program development and reporting for flight programs.


Brent Snyder is a veteran police officer with more than 23 years of experience in patrol and special operations. Snyder, who has served eight years as a supervisor, currently oversees the Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) Unit, the Canine Unit and the UAS Unit for his police agency. He has a depth of knowledge pertaining to the FAA Part 107 regulations and uses his extensive real-world practice to provide enlightened and exciting training opportunities in the classroom, as well as on the flight deck. He has been involved in training for public safety applications for the duration of his career and is committed to providing every student with an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

As the founder of a public safety UAS team, Snyder has spent many years in UAS program implementation and administration. As a UAS operator, he has knowledge in the application of unmanned aircraft in multiple complex mission situations, such as SWAT, EOD and crisis negotiator operations. Snyder has also spent considerable time in public safety response to hazardous materials as a certified FBI bomb technician since 2004 and bomb squad (EOD) supervisor for the past 12 years.

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Course outline

Day One

  • Course Introduction and Overview
  • 14 CFR Part 107 – Regulations
  • Airspace Classification
  • Operational Requirements
  • Flight Restrictions
  • Airport Operations

Day Two

  • Loading and Performance
  • Radio Communication Procedures
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Physiological Factors affecting Pilot Performance
  • Aeronautical Decision Making
  • Aviation Weather

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Learner outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to understand and apply the following:

  • 14 CFR Part 107 Regulation
  • National Airspace System
  • Airspace and Planning
  • Weather Theory
  • Aviation Weather Services
  • Weight and Balance Loading and Performance
  • Flight Operations
  • Safety Risk Management
  • Aeromedical Factors

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  • This program is open to any participant age 18 or older.

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  • All of our drone pilot training courses can be conducted on-site at your place of business. In addition, we can create a customized drone training program based on your needs. For more information or to request a proposal for on-site training, please contact us via the form below.

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What our students say

  • “Because of all the material to grasp, I was really nervous going into the exam. But then I saw that everything they taught us was on the test. They didn’t provide us with the actual questions, but all of the information was applicable.” – Tavis Miller
  • “Along with the dramatic savings in cost and time, it is much safer to do the inspections with a drone since we no longer need to have people climbing ladders and walking on roofs. You just fly it up there, take some pictures, and get some great results.” – Brian Wagner

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