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Professional Drone Pilot: Ground School and FAA Part 107 Test Prep — NEWARK, DEL. — February 1-2, 2020 or June 6-7, 2020 (Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) or March 18-April 8, 2020 (Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.)
Course fee: $395. Contact hours: 16.0. Potential discounts: Early Registration, Military, UD alum, PMI member, 2 or more (group)

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Personal hobbyists, police, fire and rescue personnel, engineers, real estate agents, photographers, roofers and other professionals are using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for tasks ranging from racing and photography to surveillance and damage assessment. During this intensive two-day class, highly qualified UAS experts provide industry-leading classroom training and prepare drone pilots for the Part 107 Drone License exam. Topics include regulations, airspace, weather, loading and performance, and operations.

To obtain a remote pilot certificate, a drone pilot must pass the FAA’s airman knowledge test (conducted at an FAA-certified testing center). The Federal Aviation Administration needs to make sure that all commercial drone pilots have the ability to act responsibly, coordinate with Air Traffic Control in case of emergencies, read aeronautical maps, and abide by all general aviation regulations and specific regulations pertaining to UAS. (Note: This is a test prep program. The examination is not administered as part of the program.)

Course Outline

Day One

  • Course introduction and overview
  • 14 CFR Part 107 - Regulations
  • Airspace Classification
  • Operational Requirements
  • Flight Restrictions
  • Airport Operations

Day Two

  • Loading and Performance
  • Radio Communication Procedures
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Physiological Factors affecting Pilot Performance
  • Aeronautical Decision Making
  • Aviation Weather

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to understand and apply the following:

  • 14 CFR Part 107 Regulation
  • National Airspace System
  • Airspace and Planning
  • Weather Theory
  • Aviation Weather Services
  • Weight and Balance Loading and Performance
  • Flight Operations
  • Safety Risk Management
  • Aeromedical Factors


Professional Drone Pilot Training programs are conducted by FAA-licensed unmanned aircraft pilots from Adam Ringle Consulting (ARC), a Delaware-based industry leader in UAS training. Training program content is provided by ARC.

Who Should Participate?

  • First responders (police, fire, rescue personnel)
  • Investigators
  • Insurance adjusters and real estate agents
  • Reporters, film makers, producers, photographers, marketers, web designers
  • Engineers, construction professionals, roofers
  • Accident scene investigators
  • Site and structure inspectors (tower, roofing, building, land surveyor, electrical line, oil and gas fields, agriculture)
  • Construction estimators and project managers
  • Aerial photographers
  • Anyone interested in starting a UAS-based business
  • UAS freelancers
  • Emergency management professionals (federal, state and municipal level)
  • Any other professionals or hobbyists using UAVs


This program is open to any participant age 18 or older.

All of our drone pilot training courses can be conducted on-site at your place of business. In addition, we can create a customized drone training program based on your needs. For more information or to request a proposal for on-site training, please contact us via the form below.


Paige Fitzgerald

Paige Fitzgerald serves as the director of UAS training for Adam Ringle Consulting. Fitzgerald has successfully prepared dozens of students from diverse professional sectors to pass the FAA Part 107 remote pilot certificate exam and has developed a flight-training program utilizing a variety of platforms in multiple environments. A specialist in program management, she can not only provide training, but also develop the foundational documents needed for a successful UAS program, such as policies, procedures and checklists. Fitzgerald is well-versed in public sector grant management and can help identify funding solutions to establish or grow UAS programs. Her extensive public messaging experience across a variety of projects and proven record of creating buy-in among diverse stakeholders can be leveraged to create interagency support for those looking to start new UAS programs.

Fitzgerald has experience in a variety of instructional environments, including online learning, classroom courses and hands-on skills training. She currently serves an instructor for Delaware Technical and Community College’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management degree program. She was previously a planner at the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, where she oversaw the administration of its UAS program, as well the administration of the state UAS committee. She is highly knowledgeable of FAA regulations and requirements, including 14 CFR Part 107, especially as it relates to public safety flight programs. Her flight experience includes many complex missions in adverse conditions, such as night flying, high wind and multi-use or controlled airspace. Other areas of specialization include NIMS compliant program development and reporting for flight programs.

Adam B. Ringle

Adam B. Ringle serves as president, CEO and director of UAS flight operations for Adam Ringle Consulting, which he founded in 2004. Ringle, who has more than 30 years of emergency services experience and 23 years of law enforcement experience, possesses an extensive range and depth of knowledge in law enforcement, security operations, emergency medical services systems and UAS flight operations. He serves as the chief consultant designing custom professional training solutions and emergency response programs for both government and private entities alike, and specializes in workplace violence prevention, custom active shooter mitigation solutions and complex UAS flight program management. A certified level 3 thermographer, licensed fixed wing pilot, and UAS remote pilot and instructor delivering both training and operational support to clients, he provides expert witness services and maintains an array of emergency services certifications and licenses to best serve his client base.
Ringle has broad experience in law enforcement, including tactical response team operator, uniformed services supervisor, investigative supervisor and crisis mitigation operational commander. He has commanded many large-scale responses and been responsible for directing multiple special programs for the Wilmington Police Department in Delaware, including the WMD response program, tactical medical operations and UAS drone flight program. He has conducted and supervised complex investigations for both internal and external sources. As a medic team leader for SWAT, he was responsible for significant aspects of mission planning and execution. Ringle also has deep roots in the security industry and been recognized as a subject matter expert on active shooter prevention, countermeasures and UAS flight operations. He does consulting for many private sector corporations and government entities by conducting site assessments, custom workplace violence prevention training, and security procedure writing and compliance. Ringle also provides consulting services for companies looking to integrate UAS flight operations into their security response programs or law enforcement operations. A credentialed instructor with a track record of success, he has served as the co-chair of operations for Delaware’s UAS Training and Certification Steering Committee, providing guidance to public safety agencies. Ringle has also been called upon as an expert on UAS operations by local and national media outlets.

Brent Snyder

Brent Snyder is a veteran police officer with more than 23 years of experience in patrol and special operations. Snyder, who has served eight years as a supervisor, currently oversees the Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) Unit, the Canine Unit and the UAS Unit for his police agency. He has a depth of knowledge pertaining to the FAA Part 107 regulations and uses his extensive real-world practice to provide enlightened and exciting training opportunities in the classroom, as well as on the flight deck. He has been involved in training for public safety applications for the duration of his career and is committed to providing every student with an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

As the founder of a public safety UAS team, Snyder has spent many years in UAS program implementation and administration. As a UAS operator, he has knowledge in the application of unmanned aircraft in multiple complex mission situations, such as SWAT, EOD and crisis negotiator operations. Snyder has also spent considerable time in public safety response to hazardous materials as a certified FBI bomb technician since 2004 and bomb squad (EOD) supervisor for the past 12 years.

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