General Aviation Pilot

Drone Pilot Training

Registration is now open for AVT 155 - UAS Flight Training. This course is open to new and current students at Aims. Visit the myAims registration page to add AVT 155 to your schedule.

Gain the Skills to Become a Drone Pilot

The AVT 155 drone pilot training program introduces and develops flight control and piloting techniques for common Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Students will learn and demonstrate maneuvers, procedures, and best practices for safe UAS operation on fixed wing and rotary wing drones. AVT 155 - UAS Flight Training will develop the skills and knowledge to prepare students to take the FAA Part 107 - Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Certificate exam.

Career Outlook for Commercial Drone Pilots

Unmanned aircraft systems operations and its applications are expanding rapidly. The commercial, small non-model UAS fleet is forecast to nearly triple from 277,386 in 2018 to 835,211 in 2023, an average annual growth rate of 24.7 percent. According to the Congressional Research Service’s Commercial Outlook for New Industry, unmanned aircraft systems are “the most dynamic growth sector of the world aerospace industry.”

Fields with opportunities for trained drone pilots include:

  • Agriculture
  • Applied Technology
  • Aviation
  • Communication Media
  • Construction
  • Criminal Justice
  • Engineering
  • Fire Science
  • Industrial Technology
  • Real Estate Marketing and Management
  • Oil and Gas Technologies

Prepare for Your Drone Pilot Certification

The UAS program will provide opportunities for students from different programs throughout Aims Community College to gain knowledge, proficiency, and commercial licensing which allows them to use UAS technology in their chosen field. This drone pilot course will serve as a foundational class that will provide the necessary training for students to take, obtain, and continue to practice UAS operations and prepare them for applying the basic operating concepts of UAS in any area. This course also prepares students to obtain an FAA Part 107 Certification. This is the FAA drone pilot license (certification) to operate UAS commercially. 

Course Requirements

  • Must be an admitted Aims Community College student
  • Read, write, and speak the English language
  • Must not have a condition that prohibits the safe operation of a drone
  • Must be a minimum of 16 years of age

Course Details

How to Register

Current students at Aims Community College can visit the myAims registration page to add AVT 155 to their schedule.

If you are not yet a registered student at Aims, please contact Norma Keeney for more information.

Program Mission Statement

To provide a collegiate education that prepares motivated aviation students with the best training possible for demanding careers as professional pilots and air traffic controllers.

Drone Pilot Faculty & Staff

Headshot of Eric Himler

Eric Himler

Director of Aviation
Headshot of Norma Keeney

Norma Keeney

Staff Associate, Aviation
Portrait of Jake Marshall

Jacob Marshall

UAS Chief Instructor Pilot
Headshot of Bill Standerfer

William Standerfer

Assistant Professor, Aviation Technology
Headshot of Ian Adams

Ian Adams

Instructor, Aviation Technology
Portrait of Patti Phillips

Patti Phillips

Professor, Air Traffic Control