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GLR Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Academy

Do you want to be an sUAS Mission Pilot (UASMP)?

Great Lakes Region is offering a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Academy. There are two tracks this year; Recreational Pilot track and the FAA Part 107 Ground School. The academy will be held in conjunction with the Michigan Wing Encampment 29 June to 06 July 2024 MIWG Encampment at Alpena CRTC.

The Recreational Pilot track - This track will focus on learning to fly the sUAS, completing the CAPF 5U at the recreational level, and working on sUAS Tech skills. Minimum age for Recreational Pilot Track will be 13 years old,

The FAA Part 107 - This track will be a ground school that will prepare students to pass the FAA Part 107 Exam. I will be leading this track. This will include the ASA Part 107 text book. This text book comes with additional software and practices tests, and will be included in the cost of the school (which is why this track will cost more than the recreational track). Students must have the TRUST Certificate before the start of class. Minimum age for the FAA Part 107 Track is 15.5 years old.

FAA Part 107 track students will not take the 107 test during the academy.  You must schedule this on your own and pay the appropriate fee. You will, however, receive step-by-step training on what is required on the test, as well as practice tests to let you know what your approximate results will be when you take the FAA test at your local testing center.

Recreation Pilot track students participants will receive "zero to hero" training and graduate as a Recreational Pilot Rating with an sUAS quadcopter endorsement (at minimum),  after which you will be authorized to wear the sUAS Pilot wings available at

As a prerequisite, all applicants MUST have a TRUST certificate uploaded into OPS QUALS before being accepted into the course.  Use this link  To attain this FREE certificate. You will also be required to bring this to the Academy in order to fly, per FAA regulations.

The cost is to be determined.

If flying drones (rotary and fixed-wing) in Search and Rescue and Damage Assessment for CAP is something that interests you, then click on the link below to register: Registration is opening soon!

There are only 15 spots per track available, and they will be filled quickly.

More information will be sent to those accepted as participants at a later date.

Due to FAA regulations, you must be 16 in order to take the 107 certification test.  Priority will be given to those who have attained this age. However, if room permits, those about to attain the age of 16 will be allowed to participate.  If you fall in the former category, please feel free to register in the event that you may be selected to participate.

Please forward any questions concerning the Recreation Pilot track Captain Gerald (Gerry) Boire, at and questions concerning the FAA Part 107 track to Lt Col John Bryan at

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