A bunch of free FAA drone webinars kick off this week

Looking to expand your knowledge of the drone industry, from the drone regulators themselves? The Federal Aviation Administration just launched a free webinar series on drones, and the first one starts on Tuesday.

Tomorrow’s live seminar will be led by FAA Safety Inspector Kevin Morris about why airspace matters, airspace authorizations and what you need to know to operate safely. Future FAA drone webinars will discuss topics like NOTAMS, Class E airspace and the LAANC program.

Since it’s live and questions are encouraged, this is a rare opportunity to talk with FAA experts directly — no paperwork or hold music required. It’s also a great way to learn answers to tricky questions in the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate exam, as many of the topics addressed in the webinar relate to questions on the test (passing the Part 107 test is a requirement to be able to operate a drone commercially in the U.S.).

While the webinars are free, you must register. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and the registration period for each webinar will open two weeks prior to its scheduled start.

The webinars will be hosted through AdobeConnect. And don’t worry if you miss it, because you won’t have to miss out. Audio transcripts of the webinars will be posted after each event, according to the FAA.

Here’s a list of the other free FAA drone webinars:

  • April 16, 4 p.m. ET 
    The air up there: Airspace matters
    Registration is open and closes on April 15 at Noon ET.
  • April 18, 4 p.m. ET
    Deconstructing NOTAMS: How do they affect drone operations?
    Registration is open and closes on April 17 at Noon ET.
  • May 9, 4 p.m. ET
    Where am I? How to identify what airspace you are operating in
    Registration opens on April 25 at 9 A.M. ET. 
  • May 23, 4 p.m. ET
    What is Class E airspace and how do I operate in it?
    Registration opens on May 9 at 9 A.M. ET.
  • June 13, 4 p.m. ET
    Airspace authorizations: what they are and why do they matter?
    Registration opens on May 30 at 9 A.M. ET.
  • June 27, 4 p.m. ET
    How to navigate UAS facility maps
    Registration opens on June 13 at 9 A.M. ET.
  • July 18, 4 p.m. ET
    How to use FAA Drone Zone
    Registration opens on July 3 at 9 A.M. ET.
  • August 1, 4 p.m. ET
    What is the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC)?
    Registration opens on July 18 at 9 A.M. ET.
  • August 15, 4 p.m. ET
    How public safety agencies can fly drones during emergencies
    Registration opens on August 1 at 9 A.M. ET.