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Aviation Career Education UAS Academy (ages 16-20) 232
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Learn how to safely fly a drone through classroom and hands-on instruction, in this 5-day program designed to help you to pass the FAA Remote Pilot certification test. With a small student-teacher ratio and instruction by certified flight instructors, an FAA aviation safety inspector, a professional Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operator, and volunteers from the Academy of Model Aeronautics, this program is fun and educationalů and a great way to prepare for your lift-off. Start your aviation future today.


The ACE UAS Academy provides students with the aeronautical knowledge, standards, and skills to safely operate small drones and prepares students to take the FAA UAG written test for a Remote Pilot Certificate with a small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) rating. The course will cover regulations for model aircraft operations and commercial sUAS operations, requirements and guidelines for operating in the National Airspace System, aviation weather, emergency procedures, sUAS loading, weight, and balance, radio communication procedures, aeronautical decision making, and more. The final day will include off-site hands-on instruction in small UAS operations.



  • For students 16-20 years old; student must turn 16 before the date of the FAA exam, July 31

  • Student must be available to take the written exam on Monday, July 31, or Tuesday, August 1, at Three Wing Aviation at Bridgeport Airport; an additional fee of $150 will be required to take the FAA exam.

  • Bring a nut-free lunch, snack, and water/drink.

  • Click here to download photo release; please bring to first class.


Staff for the Academy will include:

Marilyn Pearson, ACE UAS Academy Director, FAA Aviation Safety Inspector, UAS Specialist in Regulations, Policy, Waivers, Exemptions & Training

Terry Keller, Chief Flight Instructor at Premier Flight Center, Brainard Airport

John Lampson, Flight Instructor at Premier Flight Center, Brainard Airport

Sean McEvoy, Owner, Aerial360 Solutions, UAS Commercial Operator

Tom Rocheleau, Representative, Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA)

Chris Poreda, Retired FAA Chief Counsel, New England Region, sUAS operator

Ryan Felner, Westport student, CEO of RAF-AIR


Sessions: 5
Dates: 7/24/2017 to 7/28/2017
Meeting Times: 
Monday  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location:  Staples High School Room 1055
$100.00   (Class fee)

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