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Class Prepares Students to Obtain Commercial Drone License

Drone PhotoIndividuals wanting to obtain a commercial drone license can prepare for the Federal Aviation Administration’s required testing by enrolling in a class at Olney Central College.

UAS 1201 Unmanned Aerial Systems will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Aug. 23 through Oct. 11. Longtime aviator Tom Baker, of Noble, is the instructor.

In August 2016, new regulations took effect requiring all commercial small, unmanned aircraft systems or (drone) operators to be licensed with the FAA. The rules also established standards of operation.

The course will address vital information for commercial drone users such as regulations and rules of operation, air space use, preflight operations and inspections, and weight and balance configurations.

“The class is suited for the farmer who wants to integrate the drone into his operations for crop inspections or the real estate agent who wants to take pictures of property he wants to sell,” Baker said.

While a commercial license isn’t required for hobbyists and recreational users, Baker said the class provides information, which will be of interest and worthwhile for them as well.

For more information or to register, contact OCC Student Services at 618-395-7777.


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