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sUAS Remote Pilot Certificate Program

The two-course program is specifically designed to provide both basic airman knowledge, hands-on flying skill, and preparation to apply and pass the FAA sUAV Remote Pilot Certification Test.  Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and operations of an sUAV through both written and flying skill tests throughout the program.

Because the FAA’s sUAV Remote Pilot Certification Test is required for commercial operation, the program is ideal for individuals that will be taking on the responsibility for sUAS operation on behalf of their company or for those individuals interested in starting up their own sUAS related business. 

A Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) Certificate of Achievement will be issued to the participants who pass both courses and the FAA administered exam.

Upcoming 2018 course dates

CEEN 10101: Small UAV Operation Proficiency 

2018: TBD

CEEN 10201 FAA sUAS Remote Pilot Knowledge

2018: TBD

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Course Descriptions

Following courses will be conducted in small groups so you will receive personnel attention and have your questions answered by instructors.

CEEN 10101 Course: Small UAV Operation Proficiency
12 Contact Hours (lecture portion at OU/flying skill at OU & DCT hanger)

Attendees will receive hands-on lessons on owning, flying, and maintaining a small UAS. This course will also introduce the FAA regulation Part 107 which is meant to prohibit sUAV from endangering the safety of the immediate surrounding. It will cover cases and scenarios related to safety procedures, operations, maintenance, responsibilities, insurance, laws, ethics, and introductory business concepts with sUAS. Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in operations of an sUAV and required to pass a written and flying skill test. Flying skill test will include being able to fly an sUAV in multiple directions and orientations, take off and land, and fly through an obstacle course, demonstrating safety and proficiency.

CEEN 10201 Course: FAA sUAS Remote Pilot Knowledge
12 Contact Hours (lecture at DCT Aviation)

This course will prepare students to understand the FAA regulations pertaining the operations of sUAS below 55 pounds, safety procedures and operation, laws, and ethics. The topics includes provision referred to as FAA Part 107 meant to prohibit sUAV from endangering the safety of the immediate surrounding and the National Airspace Systems, and the FAA Airmen Certification for the sUAS. The Federal Aviation Regulations topics to be covered includes small unmanned aircraft loading and performance, maintenance and preflight inspection, emergency procedures, aerodynamics and aircraft operations, navigation, crew resource management, aeronautical decision making, weather theory, reports and forecasts. The course will review the FAA Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement FAA-CT-8080-2G and requirements standards FAA-S-ACS-10. Student will submit the FAA Application through a Certified Flight Instructor, and take the FAA sUAV Remote Pilot Certification Test at the end of the course.


To earn a Certificate of Achievement for the sUAS* Remote Pilot Certificate Program from Oakland University, a student must pass

  1. Hands-on skill test for operating an sUAV in an obstacle course (CEEN 10101)
  2. Written tests for preparation and maintenance of sUAV (CEEN 10101 & 10201)
  3. sUAV Remote Pilot Knowledge Test (administered by FAA, CEEN 10201)
Students must
  1. Be sixteen years or older
  2. Have adequate sensory-motor capability to operate sUAV.

Required materials (before class)
  1. Register with the FAA sUAS registration (approx. $5 cost)
  2. Become a member of the Academy of Model Aviation (approx. $75) to receive insurance coverage and latest updates.
  3. Each student is required to buy a Blade Nano QX quadrotor.


The CEEN 10101 Course. The Small UAV Operation Proficiency will be conducted by one or more of the following Oakland University instructors:

Steven Durecki, FAA Certified sUAS Pilot
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Dr Nick Zorka, Model Aicraft Pilot

Oakland University
Prof Ka C Cheok, ECE Dept, SECS

Prof Osamah Rawashdeh, ECE Dept, SECS

The CEEN 10201 Course. The FAA sUAS Remote Pilot Knowledge will be conducted by DCT Aviation certified pilots:

DCT Aviation

Certified GA & sUAV Pilots

Cost (Including Materials)
CEEN 10101: $600
CEEN 10201: $325

Note: Testing for the FAA Certification is an additional charge ($150) paid directly to the FAA at the time of testing. Testing for and passing the FAA certification exam is required from the FAA to operate a Drone Commercially.

Course CEEN 10101
Oakland University or DCT Aviation in Waterford, MI

Course CEEN 10201
DCT Aviation in Waterford, MI

FAA sUAS Remote Pilot Exam
DCT Aviation in Waterford, MI


Course CEEN 10101

2018 Dates:

January 17, 24, 31, & February 7

4 weeks on Wed, 6 - 9 p.m.

This course will be held at the following location: Room 349 Engineering Center (Oakland University Main Campus)
Directions to Oakland University

Course CEEN 10201

2018 Dates:

March 2-4

Most weeks by arrangement on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Friday 6 -9 p.m.
Saturday 9 - noon, 1 - 4 p.m.
Sunday 9 - noon

FAA sUAS Remote Pilot Exam
Sunday 1 – 6 p.m. Can be taken after CEEN 10201 course.

All attendees must enter a waiver of claim and covenant not to sue agreement, with Oakland University, DCT Aviation, and instructors for liability.
How to Register

Registration will be through Oakland University.

For Program Information

Lori Crose, Director Professional and Continuing Education 

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