Course Detail: SUAS-1400 - sUAS Inspection Course [SUAS 1400]

Using sUAS to inspect windmill construction


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's (ERAU) sUAS Inspection course provides an entry-level introduction to the concepts required to use Small Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (sUAS) for conducting inspections in this four-week online course. Students are familiarized with inspection types, flight operations, data collections and sUAS regulations. Course content also explores factors essential to conducting safe and effective inspection operations, including:

  • Communications
  • Data collection and processing
  • Flight planning
  • Maintenance
  • Safety

This course is part of Embry-Riddle's SUAS Professional Multirotor Certificate program.

Students earn 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completing SUAS 1400.

Who Should Attend

UAS operators interested in learning more about inspection operations and flight department managers interested in integrating sUAS for inspections will benefit from this course.

UAS flying over desert

Course Objectives

Upon completing the course, students should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive and broad-based understanding of:

sUAS Inspection Missions:
  • Energy sector
  • Vertical structures
  • Horizontal structures
  • Communications
  • Agricultural
  • Transportation
  • Disaster relief
Flight Safety Integration:
  • Safety Management Systems (SMS)
  • Sensor avoidance technologies
  • Platform capability limitations
  • Obstacle clearance issues
Flight Operations:
  • Mission assessment
  • Pre/Post flight planning
  • Maintenance
  • Fleet acquisition
  • Flight training

Course Information

This is an online asynchronous instructor facilitated course with weekly modules and assignments, but no scheduled meeting times. Students should plan to spend approximately 10-15 hours per week working through the course. Coursework is web-based with no additional software required, although a reliable internet connection is recommended. All courses open 48 business hours in advance of each start date, and must be completed by their scheduled end dates. Digital certificates are available upon successful completion of individual courses. Printed certificates are mailed only upon completion of a full certificate program.

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