Date(s): Sunday, March 21 |   8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Professional Education Course (PEC)
Instructor: David Thirtyacre, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Price by Jan. 29: $400 Member | $595 Nonmember
Price after Jan. 29: $520 Member | $765 Nonmember

This course is designed to familiarize participants with new applications and emerging technologies in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and their economic, operational, and safety-related impact. In addition to the basics of UAS and UAV and their history, topics will include UAS and UAV categories and platforms, operations and regulations, safety in the operating environment, and teaming between manned and unmanned systems.

Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of the course, participants will have learned about:

  • The various uses and applications of unmanned aerial systems and vehicles and how they impact the rotorcraft industry from economic as well as safety aspects
  • Regulations governing, and the regulatory environment within, the UAS/UAV industry
  • The UAS/UAV operational environment and its possible effects on rotorcraft operations
  • Present and future collaboration between manned and unmanned rotorcraft and other UAV

Instructor Bio

David Thirtyacre has been an instructor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) for 10 years and is an assistant professor in the College of Aeronautics. He leads the ERAU Worldwide Department of Flight and currently teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels in aerodynamics, aircraft performance, unmanned systems, airborne robotics, and aviation and aerospace simulation systems. David recently retired from the US Air Force, with 27 years of duty in the fighter community and more than 3,500 hours in fighter aircraft, and was a pioneer in the use of unmanned systems. He is a multi-engine commercial pilot, certificated flight instructor – instrument, and remote pilot.

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