Course Detail: SUAS-4000FOI - sUAS Fundamentals of Instruction [SUAS 4000FOI]

Drone hovering low over beach with operating crew in background


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's (ERAU) Fundamentals of Instruction curriculum from the Federal Aviation Administration is intended to establish a high quality flight instructor corps. This course exposes Instructor Candidates to the core elements of instructional knowledge as aligned with the UAS industry. In the aviation industry, the Instructor Pilot is the gatekeeper of quality, responsibility, knowledge, professionalism, and skills. The UAS segment of the industry began without the benefit of formalized, certified, flight instructors. ERAU Worldwide saw this as a vital need and built this course to raise the Drone industry profile by providing Instructor education and training in the UAS segment. This course supports the Association of Uncrewed Vehicles and Systems International (AUVSI) Trusted Operator Program (TOP).

Who Should Attend

  • UAS pilots who will offer training to anyone
  • Anyone assigned as a Chief Pilot or an Instructor, anywhere
  • Anyone assigned as a flight operations manager at an organization with multiple pilots
  • Any school with a drone program with no formal instructor training experience
  • Remote pilots (RP) pursuing AUVSI TOP Remote Pilot Instructor certification (without existing CFI or FAA FOI Written)
  • AUVSI TOP Level 2 or 3 with CFI rating or FAA FOI Written already (with interest in this curriculum)
  • Any RP interested in formal instructor training
Embry-Riddle UAS instructor operating sUAS

Course Objectives

In this course, the students will:

  • Interpret human behavior, needs, motivations and reactions
  • Analyze the learning process, specifically:
    • learning theory
    • perceptions and insights
    • the domains of learning and learning styles
    • the elements of skill and practice
    • memory, retention and transfer of learning
  • Recognize effective communication
  • Discover the teaching process
  • Examine student assessment
  • Prioritize instructor responsibilities and professionalism
  • Demonstrate the planning of instructional activity
  • Apply the principles of aviation safety and risk management

Attendees Said ...

"I could not have accomplished AUVSI TOP Level 3 Instructor status without the Fundamentals of Instruction course through Embry-Riddle Worldwide. This course helped to break down the information into smaller digestible modules. I was able to study along with the FAA Aviation Instructor's Handbook. There were several quizzes throughout the course to ensure additional study completion on the specific topic. This combination of smaller segments, quizzes, and references to the material in the FAA handbook made the course a success for me. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in becoming a remote pilot instructor." Desiree Ekstein

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.

 Session Information: W1024-SUAS4000FOI-V1

Schedule: Every day, starting on 10/01/24 and ending on 10/28/24
Times: 12:00am-11:59pm EDT
Registration Fee : $499.00

Facility Detail

Online Course
ERAU Worldwide Campus
Online, FL 00000
(386) 481-9070