This enhanced, fully customizable training program results in the attendees walking away as proficient UAS pilots in many facets. In addition to two core days covering fundamental flight maneuvers, ground control stations, aircraft systems, and sensor operations, attendees may select from a number of modules to compliment their UAS training needs. View Advanced Multirotor Flight Training Schedule for full details.

Modules include:

  • Advanced maneuvers: Build on manual flying skills acquired in the core curriculum. Maneuvers learned will test pilots’ hand-eye coordination, depth perception, and ability to fly in a GPS denied environment.
  • Mapping: Through both lecture and hands-on flight, students will be exposed to the fundamentals of autonomous data collection. This includes photogrammetry methods, appropriate camera settings for various missions, autonomous mission planning, 3D structure mapping and 2D orthomosaic maps.
  • Vertical infrastructure inspection: Develop vertical infrastructure inspection techniques for manually and autonomously collecting aerial data to detect failures using both optical zoom and high resolution sensors.
  • Night operations
  • Search and rescue day operations: Tailored for first responders, students will learn how to implement UAS into search and rescue operations in this module. Multiple scenarios will be taught including “Silver Alert”, fugitive on the run, and operations using multiple aircraft simultaneously.
  • Search and rescue night operations: Building off of the search and rescue day operations module, this module incorporates thermal sensors on a UAS. Students will learn how to plan and execute night-based search and rescue operations.

A variety of aircraft may be selected to be used during this course. Attendees may select from the following aircraft or bring one of their own matching these options:

  • DJI Inspire 1
  • DJI Inspire 2
  • DJI Matrice 210
  • DJI Matrice 600-RTK
  • DJI S1000

Attendees must have an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate or be enrolled in the sUAS Commercial Pilot Training. This course includes the same components of Basic Multirotor Flight Training and UAS Night Operations.  Attendees should not enroll in both courses.


To inquire about registration and custom quotes, please email

Start Dates: 

The well-being and safety of our campus and the community is our top priority. Kansas State University is taking measures to create social distance to minimize the spread of COVID-19. This course will have COVID-19 restrictions in place. Full details about these requirements will be emailed to course registrants. Please contact with inquiries.

This course is available on demand. Please contact with inquiries and to discuss available timing. Please allow a minimum of three weeks lead time.

Time: Schedule times and overall course length will vary based on modules selected. View the Advanced Multirotor Flight Training Schedule for details on the core schedule and additional module lengths.

Location: Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus in Salina, Kansas

Cost: Starts at $1,800. Exact price will be determined based on number of modules and aircraft selected on registration form. Course fee includes two on one flight instruction, use of aircraft and sensors, travel to flight training locations, and lunch daily.

Attendees may bring their own aircraft and sensors, resulting in a decreased fee. Aircraft and sensors must match options provided by Kansas State Polytechnic. See registration form for more details.

Additional meals, travel, and lodging are not included in the registration fee and are the responsibility of the attendee. Visit our travel page for suggestions on getting to and staying in Salina.


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