Commercial Drone Pilot Training

Commercial DroneUnmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs or "drones") are now widely used by the Department of Defense and industry in a rapidly growing variety of applications. Most important for you, however, may be the earning potential of a drone/UAV services business and getting the training you need to become a commerical drone pilot.

The new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry training program from Harper Continuing Education may be just what you need to start a new career or expand your existing business. Partnering with Vortex UAS, a leading UAS pilot training and services provider, Harper CE offers convenience and cost effectiveness to help launch your UAV pilot experience.

Test Fly a Drone at Harper College

Harper College Continuing Education, in partnership with Vortex UAS, is pleased to offer you a free 10-minute drone test-fly. Take the controls yourself; spend some time observing other drone newbies; and learn from a Vortex UAS expert what it takes to become a drone pilot. Participants must be 16 or older to fly. Flying is contingent on suitable weather conditions. Save a spot now.

Reserve a test-fly time at our FLY-FREE SATURDAY:

  • May 27
  • June 3
  • June 17

Attendees registering for the free Fun-Fly events must complete the online form no later than 12 noon CST the Friday before the event. We will do our best to honor your time requests; however, there may be slight changes based on the number of spaces available. You will receive an email with the tentative times.

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Register Online for Available Courses Running Late May Through August 

 

To register by phone, or for more information, call 847.925.6300, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.


MAKE MONEY FLYING DRONES, LCE 0114

You can make money flying a drone! Whether you are new to the drone industry or somewhat familiar with it, this course will help you explore the opportunities that await you. Currently, drones are used for real estate photography, surveillance, construction surveying, fire monitoring, wildlife tracking, news and sports journalism, and much more. Whether you are retired, in a mid-life career, or just getting started, learn about how to make money in the rapidly growing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry.

PILOTING A DRONE: FUNDAMENTALS, LCE 0115

Drones are all the rage and now play a critical role in many industries and applications including real estate photography, surveillance, construction surveying, fire monitoring, wildlife tracking, and news and sports journalism. This course provides an overview of the components and mechanics of the quad-copter as well as normal flying characteristics. Includes ground school and hands-on flight training, weather permitting. If needed, rain dates will be scheduled. This class is a prerequisite for Piloting a Drone: Advanced Concepts class, LCE0116.

PILOTING A DRONE: ADVANCED CONCEPTS, LCE 0116

Continue your understanding and experience with commercial drones in this in-depth course for people serious about entering the UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) industry. Delve deeply into the components and mechanics of the quad-copter: batteries, controllers, and autopilots. Explore the use of the DJI Phantom; break down each component of the DJI Go App; and discuss and perform flight maneuvers. Includes ground school and hands-on flight training, weather permitting. If needed, rain dates will be scheduled. Prerequisite: Piloting a Drone: Fundamentals, LCE0115.

PART 107 KNOWLEDGE TEST PREP, LCE 0117

Become a Part 107, FAA-certified commercial drone pilot. This in-depth 20-hour course is designed to guarantee that attendees pass the Part 107 Knowledge Test on the first attempt. Participants are challenged with sample questions and hands-on exercises to reinforce the lecture. Key points such as an overview of the National Airspace System, aviation weather reports, and emergency procedures are covered to prepare you to be successful. While time restrictions do apply, pass on the first attempt or your second attempt will be covered by Harper's training partner.