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Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, January 19, 20, & 21, 2017

Registration is closed (workshop filled to capacity) •


The Research Laboratories of Archaeology will host a workshop on flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or “drones.” The workshop’s goal will be to teach participants all they need to know in order to get certified as drone pilots under FAA and state rules. (Anyone who flies as part of a business or job needs to be licensed.) The workshop will be taught in two parts, each 3-4 hours long. The first part will take place in a classroom, and the second will be “hands-on” and outdoors to give the participants actual experience in flying. Part 1 will be repeated on two separate days in order to maximize the possibilities for attendance. Part 2 will take place on a Saturday, in the morning and early afternoon. The instructor will be Doug Moulton of Charlotte Aerial Solutions. To see an example of his work, check out the 3D model of UNC’s Bell Tower.



Thursday, Jan 19, 1:00 to 5:00 pm • Part 1 (classroom basics) – Davis Library, Research Hub (2nd floor)

Friday, Jan 20, 1:30 to 5:30 pm • Part 1 (classroom basics, repeat) – Davis Library, Research Hub (2nd floor)

Saturday, Jan 21, 9:00 am to noon • Part 2 (flying, outdoors) – Finley Fields*

Saturday, Jan 21, noon to 3:00 pm • Part 2 (flying, indoors if it rains) – Eddie Smith Field House*


*If we have rainy weather on Saturday, these locations may change. Participants, please be sure to CHECK your EMAIL Friday evening for an update.


Workshop Waiver

Attendees will need to sign the following waiver prior to participating in the hands-on portion of the workshop on Saturday. The waiver has been reviewed and approved by UNC’s Office of University Counsel.

Waiver for Drone Flying Workshop (UNC-CH)


Practice Exam

A practice exam was compiled by Doug Moulton (Charlotte Aerial Solutions), which will be emailed to workshop participants along with an answer key. As a workshop participant you may keep the exam for your own use, but please do not to copy or distribute it to others.



In Class Guide & Resources (Charlotte Aerial Solutions)

Step-by-Step Guide to Get Your License (Charlotte Aerial Solutions)

This guide includes information about registering for the Part 107 exam, submitting your test score, acquiring your NCDOT sUAS Commercial permit number, registering your sUAS with the FAA, and additional resources.

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced User Manual

Policy on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UNC-CH)

Operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems in North Carolina (NC Dept of Transportation)

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Federal Aviation Administration)


Additional Resources from Rob Holliday*

Materials to Prepare for the Part 107 Exam

FAA Site on UAS

FAA Study Guide

FAA Guide on Aeronautical Charts

FAA UAS Factsheet

FAA Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement (this is the one you’re allowed to reference while taking the exam)

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (updated regularly)

Mike Wilkinson’s Blog (writes about his experience taking the Part 107 test)

13 Most Missed Questions

Tony Northrup YouTube Tutorial

For Flying Guidance Later

University Policy on UAS

CNET Article on Fake Drone Registration Sites

Ken Heron and Billy Kyle, among many others, have very helpful channels on YouTube.


*Rob Holliday is a Public Communications Specialists and Video Content Produce with the Office of University Communications at UNC-Chapel Hill.