New Drone Pilot Certificate Program Prepares Students for sUAS Pilot Certificate at Three Rivers Com

Did you know you need a pilot’s license to operate a drone and that you can become a licensed drone pilot by taking the new Three Rivers Drone Pilot Certificate Program? This 36-hour course is designed for anyone interested in earning a small unmanned Aircraft system (sUAS) Pilot Certificate and learning about general aviation. Classes will be held August 26 through September 27 on Mondays and Fridays, from 5:00-9:00 pm.
The ability to operate a drone is a useful skill for those with careers in the military, real estate, videography, insurance, agriculture, public safety, transportation, and more. This course teaches pilots about the operation of drones, including safe take-offs and landings, checking the drone before flight to ensure that it is operating properly, and monitoring the drone while it is being handled. Drone pilot topics include federal regulations, airspace, weather and weather services, radio communication and more. Instruction will take place in a classroom environment as well as outside for a hands-on experience.
At the completion of the course, students will take a final written exam administered by the instructor. Those who pass with a 70% or higher will receive a written endorsement authorizing them to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) test for their Drone Pilot Certificate. Students then take their FAA test at a FAA Authorized Testing Center at the Hartford-Brainard Airport Flight School for an additional fee of $150.
Students bring their own drones for the flight-training portion of the course. For full details on the types of drones, extra batteries and textbook information, visit The course costs $275, and the FAA test is an additional fee of $150. The deadline to register is August 19. For more information and to register for the class, visit or call 860-215-9028. 

About Three Rivers Community College
Three Rivers Community College is an accessible, affordable, and culturally diverse two-year college located in Norwich, Connecticut, with an off-campus instructional center at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Knowing that the educational goals of its students are as diverse as their backgrounds, Three Rivers provides a broad range of credit and non-credit liberal arts, sciences, nursing, engineering, career and technical courses.  The student population consists of more than 4,300 enrolled students each semester. To learn more about what Three Rivers has to offer, visit