Aviation and Aerial Vehicle (Drone)

The college's Division of Workforce Development and Community Education offers Aviation and Aerial Vehicle (Drone) courses for those preparing for a new job, promotion or looking to update their skills.

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Course Offerings

Aviation Maintenance Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program

The Pre-Apprenticeship Program will prepare potential aviation maintenance technician apprentices with the basic skills fundamental to entering the aviation maintenance career field. It will also introduce them to the processes to obtain FAA certification as an aviation maintenance technician. 

This program will focus on the development of leadership, communication and professional skills that are essential in the aviation maintenance career field. Participants will also receive an introduction to the occupational, mechanical and risk management skills necessary for entry into this high-demand career field.
 

Opportunities will also be offered through first-hand experiences in general and commercial aviation environments.
This 32-hour program will count toward NYS DOL-related instruction hours.

Location: HVCC Aeronautical Technical Institute (ATI)
6 Jetway Drive, Albany, New York
 

Aviation Maintenance Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program
Schedule Section Seats Left Cost Register
Monday, Wednesdays, 6/3 - 6/26
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ZTTN-222 700 0 seats left $0Section Full

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Drone Photo & Video Production Online

Do you want to shoot and edit aerial imagery for commercial purposes? This course will teach you best practices for capturing video and still imagery with a drone and introduce you to post-flight image processing using Adobe software. You will learn the steps from image capture to image delivery, including:

At the completion of the course instruction, you will be able to create your own video utilizing stock footage provided by the instructor.

Tuition: $995
Note: Students need to have access to the current versions of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro to work on class activities.

Delivery of Course:

Online
18 hours, 1.8 CEUs, Non-Credit

Drone Photo & Video Production Online
Schedule Section Seats Left Cost Register
Monday, Wednesday, Fridays, 6/3 - 6/10
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
ZTTN-200 701 15 seats left $995

Drone Remote Pilot FAA Test Prep Online

Keep up with changing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements to remain ahead of the curve among commercial drone pilots. Anyone operating a drone for commercial or business purpose must obtain an FAA remote pilot certification. This highly-focused course prepares you for the test to receive this certification.

Beyond drone-specific material, students in this course will gain an understanding of much of the ground-school information covered in the FAA’s knowledge test. Topics include regulations relating to small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS); airspace classification, interpretation of sectional navigation charts, operating requirements, and flight restrictions; aviation weather sources and effects; small unmanned aircraft loading and performance; emergency procedures; aeronautical decision-making and crew resource management; radio communication procedures; physiological effects of drugs and alcohol; airport operations; and maintenance and preflight inspection procedures.

The remote pilot knowledge test Unmanned Aircraft – General includes 60 questions and requires a passing score of 70 percent. The test costs $150, paid separately to the Knowledge Testing Center. With successful completion of the test, you can apply for a remote pilot certificate for FAA Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 107.

Students new to drone piloting should precede this course with the comprehensive Drone Pilot Training – Hands-On Introduction Course, which provides the skills and information you need to start piloting drones safely and legally.

Prerequisites: Students must be at least 16 years old, be able to read, speak, write and understand English (exceptions may be made if the person is unable to meet one of these requirements for a medical reason, such as hearing impairment).

Location: Online Instruction 

Tuition: $395
NOTE: Actual FAA testing must be administered at an authorized Knowledge Testing Center and is NOT included in the course fee.

Drone Remote Pilot FAA Test Prep Online
Schedule Section Seats Left Cost Register
Monday, Wednesday, Fridays, 5/13 - 5/17
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
ZTTN-161 700 15 seats left $395
Thursday, Fridays, 6/20 - 6/21
10:30 am - 3:15 pm
ZTTN-161 701 15 seats left $395
Wednesday, Thursdays, 7/24 - 7/25
10:30 am - 3:15 pm
ZTTN-161 702 15 seats left $395
Monday, Wednesday, Fridays, 8/12 - 8/16
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
ZTTN-161 703 15 seats left $395

Drones - Intro for Commercial Users

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS), otherwise known as drones, are a dynamic, emerging technology that will literally transform how industries function. This eight-hour course is a comprehensive overview of the information your organization needs to start using drones safely and legally. The course will cover the types of flight systems available, their capabilities and how to pick the one that would be best for your organization. We discuss how drones can be used in specific business applications, and how to apply drone technology to bring efficiencies to your business.

Topics covered in the course include multi-rotor and fixed-wing drone flight systems, maintenance, registration, certification requirements, safety, insurance, industry applications, featured systems (DJI, Yuneec, etc.), emerging technologies and the latest FAA policies.

Students interested in pursuing an FAA remote pilot certification should follow this course with the Drone Pilot Training – Hands-On Introduction Course and Drone Remote Pilot FAA Test Prep courses. These courses prepare operators to successfully pass the FAA certification test and bolster their piloting skills using our unique indoor flight training methodology.

Tuition: $395
Tuition includes all course materials.

Delivery of Course:

Online
8 hours, 0.8 CEUs, Non-Credit

Drones - Intro for Commercial Users
Schedule Section Seats Left Cost Register
Wednesday, Thursdays, 4/10 - 4/11
10:30 am - 3:15 pm
ZTTN-175 601 15 seats left $395
Wednesday, Thursdays, 5/8 - 5/9
10:30 am - 3:15 pm
ZTTN-175 700 15 seats left $395
Wednesday, Thursdays, 6/12 - 6/13
10:30 am - 3:15 pm
ZTTN-175 701 15 seats left $395
Wednesday, Thursdays, 7/10 - 7/11
10:30 am - 3:15 pm
ZTTN-175 702 15 seats left $395

Veterans Airframe & Powerplant Training Program

The Veteran and Powerplant (A&P) Training Program is designed to prepare veteran and current military aviation technicians for the written, oral and practical examinations to obtain their FAA Mechanic Certificate with Airframe and Powerplant ratings. 

Some details of the program:

Prerequisites:

 

Location: HVCC Aeronautical Technical Institute (ATI)

6 Jetway Drive, Albany, NY

Veterans Airframe & Powerplant Training Program
Schedule Section Seats Left Cost Register
Monday, Wednesdays, 7/8 - 9/5
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ZTTN-223 700 17 seats left $2500Call for more information

Get in Touch

Division of Workforce Development and Community Education

Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 334

Fax: (518) 629-8103

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer 2024 Hours (May 20 - July 26): Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday, Closed
(excluding college holidays and vacations)