Drones are taking off in popularity, not only in personal use, but with businesses, too. Companies use them for everything from tracking weather and capturing aerial video footage to taking inventory in warehouses and delivering packages.
With this increase in commercial use of drones, there’s also a need for people who can fly them. That’s where our drone lab comes in.
In our drone lab, which features more than 30 different drones, you will learn the rules and regulations around drone flight, how to prepare for flight, and yes, even how to fly! And, as part of the program, you will prepare for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 certification, which is basically earning your drone pilot’s license.
Commercial Drone Training
CMU drone lab courses
Drone regulations (BCA/GEO 280)
What is the course?
This course focuses on FAA rules and regulations, safety protocols, and drone mission management. This course prepares you for the test to earn your Part 107 Certification.
Drone operations (BCA 281)
What is the course?
This course is all about learning how to fly. To take this course, you must have passed BCA/GEO 280 or have your Part 107 certification. You will begin flying smaller drones and work your way up to more sophisticated, advanced drones. You will learn how to fly and also how to develop proper safety and crew management procedures.
Frequently asked questions
Can I use CMU's drones if I'm not enrolled in the course?
Yes! As long as you have your Part 107 certification and are using the drones as part of a CMU project, you can “check out” our drones, just like checking out a book from a library. Drone access begins with the Mavic Mini drone and increases with the drone flight experience.
Do these courses count toward my degree?
Yes! If you are majoring in media arts, these courses can count toward your electives. Also, there is a multi-disciplinary certificate in Drones and a Part 107 Federal Aviation Administration commercial drone pilot license from Central Michigan University.
What if I'm not a media arts major, but am interested in the course?
This program can be beneficial to a lot of different majors, even though they may not count toward your major. Talk to your academic advisor about including this course in your academic studies.
Earn a multi-disciplinary certificate in Drones and a Part 107 Federal Aviation Administration commercial drone pilot license from Central Michigan University.