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Air Transportation/FAA Drone Operator

Gain the technical knowledge and skills to safely fly and navigate aircraft. Learn the principles of aircraft design and performance, aircraft flight systems and controls, flight crew operations and procedures, radio communications, navigation procedures and systems, airways safety and traffic regulations, and governmental rules and regulations pertaining to piloting aircraft.


  • Year 1:FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) TRUST Pilot License and Drone practical training certification
  • Year 2: FAA Remote Pilot License (Part 107 sUAS Pilot License), FAA Private Pilot Ground School License, Manned Flight Simulation training
  • Year 3: IFR (Instrument Flight Rating) – FAA, Commercial Pilot Ground School License (Manned)-FAA, Advanced Aircraft Systems

Things to Consider About this Program

  • Students will experience various aspects of the air transportation field
  • Air Transportation is not just about being a pilot. There are careers for people on the ground as well. This could lead to careers in air traffic control, airport operations management, aircraft UAS development/design, and flight systems.
  • Being able to fly a drone can be a career but it is mainly a skill that can be applied in a multitude of areas. The various fields that utilize UAS (drones) grow by the day.
  • Aircraft Pilotry (both UAS and manned aircraft) at this level requires an understanding of the 4 Forces of Flight and how they affect aircraft in flight.

Direct Employment

  • Drone Operator
  • UAS Surveyor 
  • Aerial Photographer
  • Videographer

Jobs Available After Additional or Advanced Training

  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Airport Management
  • Airline Pilot
  • Flight Crew
  • Aerial Surveyor
  • Private Pilot
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Astronaut 
  • Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics
  • Fighter Pilot


Grades 10-12

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Air Transportation – FAA Drone Operator


JTED @ The Bridges:

Monday through Friday bell schedule (earn 2 credits per year)


Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:15 to 7:15 p.m. (Beginning)

Mondays & Wednesdays 4:15 to 7:15 p.m. (Advanced)

Program Completion/Sequence

  • Year 1: Advanced physics, aviation law, aerodynamics/fluid dynamics, pre-flight procedures, airspace, radio communications, aviation phraseology, regulations, airport operations, aviation safety, weather, cockpit management, and emergency procedures, unmanned aircraft performance, ethics, human factors, aeronautical decision-making and judgment, safety protocols, weight and balance, maintenance, aviation weather sources and effects of weather (meteorology) on small unmanned aircraft performance, small unmanned aircraft loading and performance, emergency procedures, crew resource management, and preflight inspection procedures.
  • Year 2: Hands-on UAS training including working with the DJI Matrice 300RTK, being trained in advanced aerial photography and videography techniques with the DJI Inspire 2 and Zenmuse X7 imaging systems including all 4 carbon fiber lenses, Capturing aerial LIDAR imaging with DJI’s New L1 LIDAR system in conjunction with the DJI  RTK-1 surveying equipment and 3D modeling software. Training in multispectral agricultural and land surveying, public safety thermal imaging operations, and processing operations with DJI’s latest GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and CAD software. Students will also have an opportunity for an internship with one of our many Industry partners and will be studying Practical UAS (drone) operations.  
  • Year 3: From the training in Year 2 students will now be creating, The training in advanced photography and videography drone techniques will be put to the test in short films and professional photography competitions with local and national film companies. Students will learn how to create stunning photography and cinematic videos with FPV drones using VR goggles and Cinewhoop drones as well as the new Cinelifter drones.



Locations offering Air Transportation/FAA Drone Operator:

  • Innovation Tech High School
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