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Kansas State Polytechnic

Become an FAA Certified Drone Pilot 

sUAS Commercial Pilot Training


April 17-21, 2017

 Salina, Kansas


Registration deadline:
April 7, 2017


Upon completion of the sUAS Commercial Remote Pilot Training participants will complete the FAA written exam to receive a Remote Pilot in Command (RPIC) certificate from the FAA. Attendees will be able to:

  • Adhere to FAA rules and regulations pertinent to small unmanned aircraft operations
  • Complete the FAA written examination
  • Set up small unmanned aircraft operations within FAA regulations
  • Apply safety practices during flight of small unmanned aircraft 
  • Demonstrate proficient knowledge of UAV flight 

Each day will begin at 8:00 am. Full schedule details are sent upon registration. 

Attendees will receive a total of 4 hours of flight time. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own unmanned aircraft vehicle. A limited number of aircraft are available to rent at an additional charge of $240.

Registration fee includes all course instruction, materials, flight time, consultation, and feedback from instructors on policies and procedures drafted. FAA exam is an additional charge of $150. 


A discounted rate is offered for companies sending multiple attendees. Discounts are tied to number of attendees as follows:

Number of registrantsAvailable discountTotal price
3 registrants per company1 registration 50% off$3500
4 registrants per company1 registration free $4200

For companies sending more than four employees, discounts will be applied in the same increments as indicated above.

A discounted registration rate of $700 is offered to current students and higher education faculty and staff. To be eligible for the academia discount, individuals should complete a scholarship application form and submit proof of their involvement in academia by the registration deadline. Download the application form for additional details on how to apply. 


Flight instruction will take place in the newly constructed UAS Flight Pavilion at Kansas State Polytechnic in Salina, Kansas. Measuring 300-feet-long by 200-feet-wide and 50-feet-tall, the structure is one of the largest enclosed unmanned flight facilities in the nation.

Learn more about the UAS Flight Pavilion here.


If you are traveling east or west on I-70, stay on I-70 until the I-70/I135 interchange. Travel south on I-135 to the Magnolia St. exit (No. 90). Go west on Magnolia to Centennial Rd. Turn right and proceed to the K-State Polytechnic campus. 

If you are traveling north or south on I-135, take the Magnolia St. exit (No. 90). Go west on Magnolia to Centennial Rd. Turn right and proceed to the K-State Polytechnic campus.

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Please contact Professional Education and Outreach at profed@k-state.edu or call our toll free number at 855-552-0079.

“We are excited to offer this Part 107 training course. 14 CFR Part 107 is the new FAA Regulation governing commercial Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or sUAS. This new requirement requires Remote Pilot in Command (RPIC) operators to take an FAA written exam if they do not hold a manned pilot certificate.

Our 5-day Part 107 course is designed to prepare professionals for the written FAA exam. The course will consist of 3 days of academics focused on exam preparation. On the fourth day, students will take the exam in our FAA test center on the Kansas State Polytechnic Campus. Then we will spend the remaining 1 ½ days assisting new RPICs in developing their own standard operating procedures and flying with our cadre of UAS Flight Instructors to learn safe operating fundamentals using their own multi-rotor aircraft. For those that do not have their own aircraft, they can rent one of our 3DR X8 or DJI S-1000 aircraft.”

–Mr. Kurt Carraway, UAS Executive Director, Kansas State Polytechnic