The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has paved the way for expanded use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), commonly known as drones, in commercial, public safety, agriculture, and many other applications. As of early 2019, there are 2,241 jobs that include the keyword "drone" within the United States on—a testament to the increasing popularity of the technology and the adoption of drones in the marketplace.

Drone pilots are now required to pass the FAA’s Remote Pilot Knowledge Test to receive an FAA Remote Pilot Certification and be able to use drones for commercial purposes. Mid Michigan College is offering two drone training opportunities that prepare potential pilots for this certification during April.

Mid’s Remote Pilot Knowledge Test Prep training gives participants a complete overview of the FAA requirements for commercial drone pilots. Anyone operating a drone for any commercial or business purpose must obtain an FAA Remote Pilot Certification. This highly focused training prepares drone operators for the test to receive this certification.

Mid’s Remote Pilot Knowledge Test Prep training is planned for 9am-4pm on Saturday, April 6 at Morey Technical Education Center on Mid Michigan College’s Mt. Pleasant Campus with a cost of $495 per participant.

Mid’s Intro to sUAS/Drones is a comprehensive 18-hour training that provides hands-on experience to those interested in flying drones safely and efficiently. Topics covered include the different types of flight systems and their capabilities, safe and legal flying practices, market opportunities and applications, and hands-on piloting skills. The training is capped off with a Top Gun Competition where participants demonstrate flying skills while navigating their drone through an obstacle course. Participants are prepared for FAA certification upon training completion.

Mid’s Intro to sUAS/Drones training begins April 16 at Morey Technical Education Center on Mid Michigan College’s Mt. Pleasant Campus. For three consecutive weeks, training takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30pm-8:30pm and costs $1,490.

The training fee includes a workbook, quadcopter with camera, computer flight simulator with radio controller, 50 FAA sample test questions, and 18-hours of instruction. Each student also receives a training certificate of completion.

For more information about upcoming trainings or to register, visit, or contact Mid’s Technical Education Center at or (989) 386-6614.

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