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CCOG for UAS 102 Winter 2024

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Course Number:
UAS 102
Course Title:
UAS Flight Operations
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Course Description

Explores mission planning for safe collection of imagery and data. Develops piloting and crew skills development, including flying UAS, Aeronautical Decision Making, and Crew Resource Management. Examines multiple methods of analysing UAS imagery and data. Prerequisites: UAS 101 or instructor permission, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Prerequisites/concurrent: Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

"Unoccupied" Aircraft Systems

Portland Community College has chosen to use the term "Unoccupied" when referring to Aircraft Systems that are flown by a pilot via a ground control system, or autonomously through the use of an on-board computer, communication links and any additional equipment that is necessary for the system to operate safely. Industry standards and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations use the term "Unmanned" to refer to such systems, however the College recognizes that this term is not gender inclusive and therefore has adopted the use of "Unoccupied" to better reflect its values around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Plan a UAS mission.

  2. Explore selected data collection tools and methods.

  3. Create pre-flight checklists and conduct crew briefings.

  4. Manage crew resources during UAS missions..

  5. Demonstrate UAS Remote Pilot skills and Aeronautical Decision Making at an intermediate level.

  6. Operate UAS in accordance with all regulations, procedures and standards as they relate to national airspace.

Aspirational Goals

Have a broader understanding of UAS industry standards and career applications.

Course Activities and Design

  • Lecture/Discussion

  • Application/Software demonstration

  • Videos/Multimedia

  • Flight simulation

  • UAS mission design and execution

  • Flight

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Outcome Assessment Strategies:

  • Completed mission and data analysis

  • Present industry research project

  • Discover industry specific standard operating procedures

  • Attend and participate in mobile application simulations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content:


  • Aviation of all types is governed by strict rules, regulations, procedures, standards, and certification by the Federal Aviation Administration to insure the safe use of airspace by pilots and aircraft.


  • Ethics

  • UAS restrictions

  • Aviation Compliance

  • Airspace Permits


  • Creation of standard operating procedures

  • Data collection

  • Mission planning

  • Documentation


  • Flight