You heard it here first: Students can learn about drones and even become certified drone pilots at the Geotechnology Institute at Brookhaven as part of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) remote pilot certification workshop. They are also offering a class on how drones relate to geographic information systems (GIS).
When is the Drone and GIS Workshop?
Students can take a class on unmanned aircraft systems and how they relate to geographic information systems 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 9-11. Tuition for the class is $275, and lunch is provided for students each day. Students can register online by visiting eConnect and visiting the register for CE/WT Classes page on the CE/WT student menu, or by calling 972-860-4715. To find the class on eConnect, search for science (SIEZ) course number 1000 and section number 22212.
In the workshop, participants will explore precise data collection techniques using prosumer-grade UAS (a platform combined with sensors), typically applied in geospatial technologies. The workshop will cover things like:
- basic UAS concepts, designs and functions
- provide resources to help navigate implementation of UAS in GIS
- an overview of GIS applications for drones
- safety and licensing
- flight planning and missions
When is the Drone Pilot Training Class?
The class takes place over three days from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 19-21 and from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 23-25. Tuition for the class is $299, and course materials and lunch are provided for students each day. Students can register online by visiting eConnect and visiting the register for CE/WT Classes page on the CE/WT student menu, or by calling 972-860-4715. To find the class on eConnect, search for science (SIEZ) course number 1000 and section number 22210.
The primary emphasis of the course is to prepare students for the written Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) remote pilot certificate exam and, in the process, students will learn critical thinking techniques for successful performance as a drone pilot. This is not a drone flying class, but there will be outside demonstrations of drone flying. The class will include (but is not limited to) information on the following topics:
- Day one: learning styles, test registration requirements, testing materials, FAA introduction, exam materials
- Day two: FAA regulations, remote pilot certification, crew support roles, accident reporting, operating limitations, rules for right of way, privacy considerations, airspace rules
- Day three: effect of obstructions of wind, fronts, mountain flying, low-level wind shear, density altitude
Upon successful completion of the course, students will have learned to be safe, knowledgeable drone operators and be able to take the FAA written exam for the remote pilot certificate.
Not Interested in Becoming a Commercial Drone Pilot? No Problem!
Hobby and recreational drone operators are also welcome to register for this course. You never know… a UAS remote pilot certificate might come in handy one day! Additionally, according to current FAA regulations, you’ll need the certificate in order to operate a drone at your place of employment, even if it’s just for one flight.