Resources not included in the course cost is the testing software (approximately $7) and the FAA Testing Supplement (softcover book available on-site for $10). Testing software can be downloaded onsite to most smart-phones, tablets, iPads, or laptops. 

As an alternative to downloading the testing software app, a limited number of softcover books will be available onsite for purchase for $25. Please indicate whether you wish to purchase this book by contacting us at tcfreeman757 at no later than August 15, 2022.

*Subject to modifications based on speaker(s) scheduling and/or preference.

Day 1: Introduction: Aviation Regulations, Human Factors/Risk Management, maintenance records, operating limitations (aerodynamics), Remote Identification (Remote ID) Rule, State UAS Statues/laws, waivers.

Day 2:  Aviation Airspace, aeronautical charts, Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs), airports and airport operations, communications, Mid Air Collision Avoidance (MACA).

Day 3: Aviation Weather, basic weather principals, Density Altitude (DA), weather briefing, reports and charts.
Loading and Performance, aerodynamics, performance, accessories, emergency procedures, maintenance inspection, battery charging/transport/maintenance.


No flight training will be included during this course due to the amount of material required to be covered for the Remote Pilot Knowledge Test. However, time permitting, short flight demonstrations may be incorporated into the course. Look for upcoming flight training events after completing the Part 107 course. Exhibits of various drone types and operations may be available, as well.


While small classes are great, we need at least ten (10) people to make this course happen, so get your friends to sign up, too. Don't worry, though.  If you sign up and the course is cancelled or rescheduled; (e.g. due to weather), you will get a full refund. If we do not get sufficient attendees, we will let you know ten (10) days prior to the first day of class, this way you still have time to cancel accommodations, etc. If you don't hear from us, we are "go" for the course and will see you there! Please make sure you register no later than Sept. 1, 2022. Unless the course is cancelled or rescheduled, no refunds will be issued after Sept. 2, 2022. 

Dates Not Working Out? Contact us (tcfreeman757 at to schedule an exclusive course (including flight training) for your group.

 Questions? Contact TC Freeman at 919.619.6828 or tcfreeman757 at

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This course is led by our knowledgeable Chief Instructor TC Freeman, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-Certificated Flight Instructor/Instrument (CFI/I), Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic and Remote (drone) Pilot and author of “Remote Drone Pilot Certification Study Guide: Your Key to Earning FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification”. T. C. uses his decades of aviation experience, to break down the complex topics of aviation airspace, weather, Federal and state regulations pertaining to commercial drone use, aerodynamics, Human Factors (HF) influencing drone operations, Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM), and fitness to fly (AeroMedical). Depending on class size and scheduling additional credentialed industry representatives may be available to teach segments of the course and to discuss the commercial use of drones.

TC Freeman, Chief Instructor, RPA

Live Commercial Drone Pilot Certification 

(Remote Pilot/Part 107 Certification)

Class Schedule

September 16-18, 2022

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily

Holly Hill Mall and Event Center, Room #130

Burlington, NC 27215. Cost $399

  • Can I make money with my drone?
  • What does the FAA consider "commercial use" of a drone?  (You might be surprised.)
  • How long does it take to get my commercial remote pilot license and how much does it cost?
  • Do I also need a State of NC permit too?
  • What businesses use drones now? What future services will be provided by drones? How do I get in on this drone boom?

All these interesting questions and more will be answered in a Remote Pilot Association (RPA)-sponsored 3-day, in-person comprehensive training program designed to prepare you for the FAA Commercial Remote Pilot license examination (Knowledge Test). 


The course material is presented in an easy to understand, interactive and entertaining format. Equivalent courses can cost upward of $600. Students will learn via lecture and multi-media methods about the complex topics required to operate under Part 107 regulations. We will review common test questions and use quizzes to evaluate comprehension.

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Students successfully completing this course will be prepared to take the Knowledge test at an FAA-approved testing facility. The cost to take the test is $175 and is payable directly to the FAA-approved testing facility, thus is not included in the price of this course. There are 60 questions on the FAA test requiring a minimum passing grade of 70. 

Examples of Existing Drone Applications

Agriculture                                Events (weddings, etc.)                 Mining

Real Estate                              Surveying (certified surveyors)       Construction

Public Safety                            Light shows                                 Advertising

Security                                   Photography                                Videography

Sports (drone racing, soccer)     Government                                 Film Industry

Television News                        Delivery (Medical, SAR, Retail)     Inspections


Date:   September 16-18, 2022 
Time:   9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily 
Location:  Holly Hill Mall and Event Center, Room #130 (near Dunham’s Sports and La Cocina Restaurant), Burlington, NC 27215. 

Cost:  $399 (details below).

Prerequisites: None. However, we suggest that students take the free FAA TRUST test, a requirement for hobbyist drone flight operations.*  While there is no age prerequisite for this course, the FAA requires that persons holding a Part 107 Commercial Remote Pilot license be a minimum of 16 years of age.

*  The TRUST test can be taken online through a number of FAA-approved providers. Search “FAA TRUST Test” and select the provider of your choice.Type your paragraph here.


As of 2020, the FAA stated in their Aviation Economic Forecast, “commercial activities may require almost 350,000 licensed remote pilots (RPs) by 2025, a 1.7-fold increase. This suggests tremendous opportunities for employment. ·According to a Pilot Institute article, “…the commercial drone market is expected to grow to about $63.6 billion by 2025 …at the same time generating more than 100,000 jobs.” The average salary for a drone pilot (according to averages from several sources) is in the mid $60K range. However, it's important to remember the many pilots that use drones for a portion of their regular job. For example, a Real Estate agent that uses a drone to sell homes, a construction rep that uses a drone to document projects, or the Insurance Agent takes photos of a tornado damaged roof.​