LINDSBORG, KAN., September 18, 2019, Bethany College is offering an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations class for the first time this semester. Students are learning about air space, air charts, meteorology and load management, and are currently studying air crew management.  Students have been also been studying sectional air charts in preparation for their Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 Remote Pilot certification. The FAA exam is a comprehensive examination covering the above topics and many more, including safety, radio procedure, and tower operations. Upon completion of the classroom sessions, students will be required to take the FAA exam at a proctored site off campus.  Obtaining the FAA license will allow the students to fly small unmanned aerial systems in a commercial capacity


The FAA requires biannual recertification.  Bethany is providing current students in this course a lifetime subscription to a website dedicated to FAA regulations, updates and changes. This website subscription also includes guided training they can use to prepare to complete future recertification. The class of current students plan to use their FAA license in the criminal justice field.  In the future, Bethany College hopes to incorporate related courses with topics such as forensic mapping, and a lab session for flight experience. 



Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop, and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning, and service. Bethany connects its past, present, and future with distinctive initiatives like Swedes to Sweden, a free service-learning trip for the sophomore class to Sweden, and the Good Life Scholarship, presenting all local high school graduates with a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the college. Bethany College is on the Web at and is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, the fine arts and crafts capital of the state.