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The Drone Industry continues to grow in both recreational use and across a wide range of industries from:

  • Environmental studies
  • Construction management
  • Law enforcement
  • Video recording and commercial photography

The AACC Drone Center is here to help you to get started learning about drones and how they might be used in your field of interest. 

Visit us at the Center for Applied Learning and Technology

Drone Center, CALT 307, AACC's West Campus in Arnold.

Everyone Needs a Drone License


Yes everyone. College students, teenagers, kids and adults all need a license to fly drones.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires you to have a drone license if you fly. 

Good News!

If you are flying for fun this is easy, free and available online from the FAA.

The FAA calls this The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). 

UAS stands for Uncrewed Aircraft Systems which are just fancy words for Drones. The FAA loves acronyms!

Find out about The Recreational UAS Safety Test - TRUST Certificate.

Introduction to Drone Technology

More Good News!

If you want to fly a drone as part of a future business opportunity, AACC can help you reach that goal.

This in-person class is offered in both the fall and spring terms at the Arnold campus as a 15-week, 3-credit class.

Depending on demand there will be multiple daytime sections and one evening section each semester.

Introduction to Drone Technology (UAS-111) covers all the material needed to take your FAA Part 107, Remote Pilot Certificate Exam, plus drone applications, flight planning and hands-on flying skills training. 

Great News!

The following majors at AACC are already approved to use UAS-111 as your general education technology requirement:

  • Biology
  • Business Management
  • Electronics 
  • Environmental Science 
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Mechatronics 
  • Plant Science
  • Transfer Studies

Useful FAA Drone Links

The FAA is constantly updating the rules and resources available for drone fliers. See the links below for information.

FAA Drone Homepage

The future of aviation is here. The FAA collaborates with industry and communities to advance drone operations and integrate them into the national airspace. Whether you are flying for fun or work, get the rules, resources and tools to help you fly safely.

Check out the FAA Drone Homepage.

Register you Drone at the FAA Drone Zone

Register you drone at the official FAA site.

Renew your Remote Pilot Certificate

FAA Safety Team is the site you used when you first registered for your drone license.

Every two years you have to recertify your drone knowledge by taking the FAA Part 107 Small UAS Recurrent course (ALC-677).

The course and test are free at FAA Safety.


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