Within the next year, significant changes to how unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are used and integrated into the National Airspace System are anticipated, including wider application and operation under the Federal Aviation Administration’s small UAS (sUAS) certification and operation rules (i.e., Part 107). With the increased accommodation for sUAS operation, subsequent oversight and tracking, and innovative development, the benefits and utility of these systems will continue to increase, including in the educational domain. Despite recent technological and regulatory advancement, concern for irresponsible operation of sUAS (55 pounds and under) continues to grow. The projection that more than 2.5 million such platforms are currently operating in the NAS, with potential growth of up to seven million by 2020, has far reaching implications for this evolving, $100+ million industry. However, by increasing awareness of rules, regulations, and best-practices through expanded public education, such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s UAS workshops and sponsored-research, as well as public service campaigns including Know Before You Fly, critical insight and guidance can reach this new segment of the aviation population.