Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)


The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program teaches the fundamentals of UAS safety and regulation. Earn a certificate and pursue work as an Aerospace Engineer, Operations Technologist, and more.

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Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, have become an important tool across a range of industries. This program introduces the fundamentals of UAS safety and regulation and emphasizes the use of UAS for high-precision measurement and mapping and other applications including construction management, surveying, marketing and others. Students will log flight hours using both fixed wing and multi-rotor airframes.

UAS is a growth area with applications in a variety of fields. New Mexico employers currently utilizing this technology represent construction and design, mapping, public safety, government and film industries.

Program Highlights: Applicable regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft system rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation; Effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance; Small unmanned aircraft loading and performance; Emergency procedures; Crew resource management; Determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft; Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures

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Related Information

Commercial UAS (Drone) Pilots are required to pass the FAA Part 107 exam.

According to the FAA, sales of UAS for commercial purposes are expected to grow from 600,000 in 2016 to 2.7 million in 2020.