Students Earn FAA Remote Pilot Airman Certification in South High Class


March 6, 2017




Kersten Johnson-Struempler, SAHS Principal, 742- 6200

Lee Butterfield, Teacher, 742-6200


South Anchorage High School Students who earned FAA certification ‌‌South High School students are piloting a new Aviation Science course focusing on Aerial Cinematography. The course is available as part of the school’s Digital Arts/AV Career and Technical Education pathway.


Last week, a South computer lab was transformed into a temporary national aviation testing center to allow students to take their FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Knowledge Test. Sixteen students passed the exam and earned their Remote Pilot Airman Certificate. This is the first time any U.S. high school offered this federal exam.


In the Aerial Cinematography course, students learn federal laws, flight dynamics, components and systems, airspace identification, aviation weather theory, and much more with relation to the legal, safe, and responsible commercial operation of unmanned aerial systems, commonly known as drones. Students are working under the close guidance of Alaska Aerial Media, a School Business Partner developer of this new operator's certification course.


“Thanks to the partnership with Alaska Aerial Media, the Anchorage School District is leading the way on commercial UAS education to promote a safer, more professional workforce and a self-monitoring UAS flight community,” said Teacher Lee Butterfield.

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