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June 15, 2022

Drone Association Hosts Commercial Drone Certification Preparation Class

Drone pilots and enthusiasts can make money with a drone by earning a commercial license, called a Remote Pilot certificate.

Burlington, NC— June 15, 2022 – The Remote Pilot Association (RPA) is offering a commercial drone class at the Holly Hill Mall and Business Center, Burlington, NC on September 16-18, 2022.  The three-day course will prepare drone pilots for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Remote Pilot Certification test, called a Knowledge Test. Attendees will learn about topics such as aerodynamics, aeronautical charts, airspace, Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM), airport operations, weather, and more. 

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.” Several industry sources state the average salary for a drone pilot is in the mid $60K range. However, it's important to remember the many pilots use drones for a portion of their regular job. For example, a Real Estate agent that uses a drone to sell homes, a construction contractor that uses a drone to document projects, or an Insurance Agent takes photos of a tornado damaged roof.​ 

Drones are used in a wide variety of applications that is expanding rapidly with uses in inspection, mining, sports, media/TV/film, entertainment, security, agriculture, accident investigation, Search and Rescue (SAR), and construction.

The live course material is presented in an easy to understand, interactive and entertaining format led by TC Freeman, Chief Instructor, Remote Pilot Association. Freeman is not only a FAA certificated Remote Pilot, he’s an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), Flight Instructor (Instrument), and Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic with decades of experience as a commercial manned pilot and Aviation Safety Specialist.

 In 2016 Freeman started the Remote Pilot Association by publishing the “Remote Drone Pilot Certification Study Guide,” to help drone pilots use drone for business. Since that time the RPA has added flight training, and addition to helping to keep pilots safe through ongoing education and training.


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