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Navigate a New Career with Commercial Drones

Male pilot controlling drone with remote controlUnmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) are now widely used in a rapidly growing variety of applications. The FAA noted the commercial and civilian use of drones to be the “fastest growing field in aviation.”

Interested in the earning potential of a drone/UAV services business?

Harper CE’s new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry training program may be just what you need to launch a new career or expand your existing business. Partnering with Vortex UAS, a leading UAS pilot training and services provider, Harper CE offers convenience and cost effectiveness to help launch your UAV pilot experience.

RSVP RSVP for our Drone Information Session: Wednesday, June 13, 7-8 p.m.


  Summer 2018 Classes:

MAKE MONEY FLYING DRONES (LCE 0114): 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, 6/20 or 7/11

PILOTING A DRONE: FUNDAMENTALS (LCE 0115): ONLINE 6/16-7/7, Meets on campus: Saturday, 7/7, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

PART 107: KNOWLEDGE TEST PREP (LCE 0117):    ONLINE 7/14-8/25, Meets on campus: Saturday, 8/25, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Register online or call 847.925.6300.

Click here to learn more about our Commercial Drone Pilot Training program and classes.


Captain Vince Donohue, President of Vortex UAS, talks about the exciting opportunities in the commercial drone industry:

The commercial drone industry is booming. In fact, leading research firm, Gartner Inc. recently released a report projecting that the global market revenue from commercial drones is expected to reach more than $6 billion in 2017 and to grow to more than $11.2 billion by 2020. That’s are nearly double in three years with clear indications of continued exponential growth. Many people will make a fortune in this industry and one of those people could be you.

If you’re new to the commercial drone industry, don’t panic it’s not too late. This industry is in its infancy not unlike how commercial aviation was just getting started hundred years ago just after the Wright brothers flew at kitty hawk.

No, it’s not too late to get started, but you don’t want to wait too much longer. Because the sooner you get started, the better the chance you have to make your fortune in the commercial drone industry. To begin that journey you’ll need to take that first step. And I’m here to help you take that first step. So what are you waiting for? Let’s fly!

Watch Vince’s video to learn more about the Drone classes offered at Harper CE.


Drones are helping to create a whole new means of realizing the American dream. Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expects sales of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for commercial purposes to grow from 600,000 in 2016 to 2.7 million by 2020. Commercial drones are used for aerial inspection, photography and survey in ever-expanding applications. In Illinois, the top ten industries* using drones are: Real Estate, Construction, Infrastructure, Agriculture, Filmmaking, Event, Utilities, Emergency Management, Advertising and Search and Rescue.

The FAA has released the much-anticipated Part 107 regulations, which allow anyone to fly drones commercially after passing the Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test. The test is quite challenging, requiring the prospective Drone pilot to have a solid understanding of aeronautical charts, weather, weather reports, Air Traffic Control communications, and safe unmanned operations in both controlled and uncontrolled airspace.

Attend our information session to learn about the FAA requirements and the new Harper course to prepare for the Part 107 exam. The course also includes hands-on experience flying a commercial drone. This program is intended for individuals intending to enter the Unmanned Aviation Industry as a Professional. RSVP online or call 847.925.6300.

*source: the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems and Robotics Database


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