Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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The unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry is a rapidly growing field with almost unlimited career potential. R-MA's UAS program consists of a detailed system of instruction incorporating hands-on pilot training, which includes a confidence course, testing and certification procedures, and mission-specific training. Classroom instruction includes ground school, or as it is more officially called, "Part 107," which covers the FAA Certification for commercial drone pilots.

All drone instruction is conducted by a licensed instructor. Course work includes air-craft systems, performance parameters, emergency procedures, emergency drills, Federal Aviation Regulations, air space, meteorology and weather, operational specifications, flight, launch and recovery--all taught through hands-on, real-world training. Students work with local organizations to conduct mission-oriented flights, gaining real-world experience in working with clients and a deeper understanding of the vast possibilities for drones. 

There are five Unmanned Systems career-path fields that are the focus of the R-MA program:

  • Cinematography for Television and Film
  • Agriculture
  • Emergency Response and Management
  • Engineering and Construction
  • Energy and Infrastructure Management
Students gain actual drone flight experience during their instruction at R-MA. Our aircraft are capable of capturing thermal imagery, rendering point cloud 3D models and conducting multispectral scanning of plant health life. These state-of-the-art drones are the same platforms that professional organizations are using to acquire the high grade data and imagery used to save lives, manage construction products, conduct biological research and manage crops.