About the Workshop:

This training is for anyone interested in flying a drone for commercial purposes: those working in the utility, agriculture, film, real estate, land surveying, law enforcement, construction or photography industries. Prepare to pass the FAA Part 107 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Remote Pilot Test. This test is required for commercial operation of UAS/UAV (unmanned Aerial System/Vehicle).

This one-day workshop will include classroom theory, autonomous flight, first-person view, demonstration and practice with controls. Understand aircraft operations, regulations, airspace and requirements, weather, loading and performance. Your instructor holds an FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot license, a Private Pilot License, and has been flying drones for over six years.

Saturday's Schedule:

  • Introduction
  • Review of Separate topics covered
  • Regulations
  • Airspace & Requirements
  • Weather
  • Loading and Performance
  • Operations
  • available study guides and materials
  • Discussion of Test taking strategies
  • Practice exam
  • Flight time (Time & Weather Permitting)

Note: some aspects of this seminar, including drone flight time (first person and autonomous), as well as travel to remote practice locations are dependent on current weather conditions, and will be rescheduling if necessary.

Workshop Topics Overview:

Breakdown of the topics on the test:

  1. Regulations 15%– 25%
  2. Airspace & Requirements 15% - 25%
  3. Weather 11% – 16%
  4. Loading and Performance 7% – 11%
  5. Operations 35% – 45%

Topic Specifics:


  • Legal and regulatory considerations for drone operations
  • Certification requirements and operating rules
  • Obtaining waivers for select operating rules

Airspace and Requirements

  • National Airspace System
    • Classification of airspace
    • Special use airspace
    • Air traffic control
    • Airport operations
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    • Power systems


  • Meteorological factors in small unmanned aircraft flight

Loading and Performance

  • Aircraft loading, weight and balance
  • Flight crews, crew resource management, and aeronautical decision making
  • Aeromedical and psychological factors

Aircraft Operations

  • Preflight operations
  • Normal operations
  • Emergency operations
  • Aircraft maintenance and airworthiness requirements

Contact Information:

Thomas L. Buck, PhD, MBA
College of St. Scholastica
Email: tbuck2@css.edu
www.tbuck.us | 218-723-6117

Scheduled Follow-up Online Study Sessions (via ZOOM)

Session 1 - 10/13 7:00pm

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Session 2 - 10/20 7:00pm

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Rescheduled Flight Time

  • Location: TBA
  • Date/Time: TBA

Workshop Packet: