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SPC Adds New Drone Training Classes

Since the Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College‘s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – or drone training – program was established in December 2015, there have been over 360 enrollments in various drone classes. The program continues to expand. In fact, SPC partnered with The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) in January 2019 to advance the unmanned systems and robotics community in the Tampa Bay area. 

Upcoming UAS (Drone) training classes at SPC

In July 2016, FAA released new rules for non-hobbyist small unmanned aircraft (UAS) operations, Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.  These rules cover a broad spectrum of commercial uses for drones weighing less than 55 pounds, to include certification requirements for UAS pilots. In response to the FAA law, SPC is offering the following courses in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in April and May.

Six-week UAS Video Editing and Production Course

This course will be held on six consecutive Tuesdays, from April 23 – May 28, 2019, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the SPC Epicenter Campus, Room 306, 13805 58th St. N., in Clearwater, Fla. It will provide video professionals the introductory-level comprehensive skills they need to import, edit, and encode video projects using Final Cut Pro X. The course will also cover pre-production areas such as determining client needs, shot lists and storyboarding, as well as obtaining licenses, permits, and waivers prior to filming. Through instructor-led demonstrations and exercises, you will learn how to edit video, add video effects and titles and export your finished video. 

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Four-week UAS Remote Pilot (Drone) Certificate Prep Course

This course will be held on four consecutive Wednesdays from May 8 – 29, 2019, from 6-8:30 p.m., at the SPC Epicenter Campus, Room 314, 13805 58th St. N., in Clearwater, Fla. This four-week, non-degree course is designed to prepare students to pass the FAA Remote Pilot Certificate exam. The course will include UAS regulations, flight operations and restrictions, emergency procedures, crew resource management, radio communication procedures, aeronautical decision-making and judgement, and maintenance and pre-flight inspection procedures.

One-Day UAS (Drone) Overview Course

This class will meet on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the SPC Gibbs Campus Library, room 212, located at 6605 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg. This one-day introductory course includes hands-on flight lessons for students, flight demonstrations and drone displays, FAA airspace regulations, appropriate use of drones, weather topics, and resources for drone operators.

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Career opportunities for students with drone training include business/entrepreneurship, military drone pilot, firefighter, disaster relief, search and rescue, law enforcement, oil and gas operations, border patrol, agriculture, package delivery, forestry, engineering, computer science, real estate, film and photography, and other industries.

Join AUVSI

AUVSI is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. The Tampa Satellite Chapter was established in January 2018 as part of the long-established AUVSI Florida Peninsula Chapter, and is focused on building awareness and dialogue about unmanned systems and robotics among the region’s defense, government, commercial, and education sectors. The group comes together to discuss legislative, industry, educational news, events and resources. Several members of the local chapter recently participated in a visit to the state capitol in Tallahassee and met with representatives to discuss laws that would allow law enforcement agencies to use UAS for public safety purposes, as well as autonomous vehicle legislation.

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AUVSI members meet with Representative Susan Valdes (D-House District 62, Tampa) in March.

The AUVSI Tampa Satellite Chapter will be holding its next monthly membership meeting at the SPC Clearwater Campus’s Advanced Manufacturing Lab. The meeting is open to AUVSI members, current SPC students, and those interested in learning more about the college’s UAS and Advanced Manufacturing training programs.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Time: 3 – 4 p.m.
  • Location: SPC Clearwater Campus, Advanced Manufacturing Lab (located in the CC Building, Collaborative Center for Emerging Technologies), 2465 Drew St., Clearwater, FL 33765.
  • Agenda: The meeting will include a tour of the Advanced Manufacturing Lab and discussion of SPC courses that are offered. 

For more information on UAS (Drone) training courses, please contact Fred Tucker at 727-791-2409 or tucker.fred@spcollege.edu.

For information on all other training, please visit SPC’s Workforce Institute page or contact us at (727) 341-4445 or workforce@spcollege.edu.

SPC Expands drone training program, student UAS group

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The Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College continues to expand its Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or drone training program. Since the program was established in December 2016, there have been 196 enrollments in various drone classes.  In October, a UAS Student Meetup Group was formed.

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Scott Huetteman discusses “The 14 Commandments of Freelancing Success” during the UAS Student Meetup in December.

The goals of the monthly meetup are to allow students to share resources, network with other UAS users, and bring in guest speakers to provide information to our local UAS community.  Guest speaker topics have included FAA regulations, liability insurance for drone operators, and steps to become an effective entrepreneur using a drone.  This group is comprised of individuals that have taken one or more UAS classes at the college.  Many of the participants have completed their UAS Remote Pilot Certificate.

In July 2016, FAA released new rules for non-hobbyist small unmanned aircraft (UAS) operations, Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.  These rules cover a broad spectrum of commercial uses for drones weighing less than 55 pounds, to include certification requirements for UAS pilots.

Details for the next UAS Meetup are below.

  • Date: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017
  • Time: 6- 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: SPC Epicenter, Workforce Institute, Room 324, 13805 58th St. N. Clearwater, FL 33760.
  • Agenda: The meeting will include a panel discussion with representatives from different organizations in Pinellas County and their involvement in drone operations.  The meeting is open to both UAS students and those interested in learning more about the college’s UAS training program.

Upcoming Drone training classes at SPC

The Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College will be offering the following courses in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in January and February.

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Melissa Gallway with Briggs Family Insurance Services Inc. Inc. discusses liability insurance for drone operators during a recent UAS Student Meetup.

  • 1-day UAS Video Production and Editing on Thursday, Feb. 2, 6 – 9 p.m., SPC Epicenter.  In this one day course, students will learn how to import photos and video from the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) SD card and be introduced to Apple’s iMovie video editing software for iPad and iPhone. Features of Apple’s iMovie editing program will be discussed and students will be instructed how to use this software for basic video editing and production purposes using iPad and iPhone.
  • 1-day UAS Overview Course on Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., SPC Epicenter.  This 1-day introductory course includes hands-on flight lessons for students, flight demonstrations and drone displays, FAA airspace regulations, appropriate use of drones, weather topics, and resources for drone operators.
  • 5-day UAS Remote Pilot Certificate Prep Course on Feb. 13-17, (Mon-Fri) 4-8 p.m., SPC Epicenter. This 5 day course is designed to prepare students to pass the FAA Remote Pilot Certificate exam.  The course will include UAS regulations, flight operations and restrictions, emergency procedures, crew resource management, radio communication procedures, aeronautical decision-making and judgement, and maintenance and pre-flight inspection procedures.  This course also includes 3-4 hours of hands-on UAS flight training.
  • 6-week Entrepreneurship course tentative for February, SPC Epicenter. Students will walk through many key steps and research points that will help them build a profitable and sustainable business. Topics will include: value proposition, customer segments, customer relationships, revenue streams, key resources, key activities, and cost structure.

Career opportunities for students with drone training include business-entrepreneurship, military drone pilot, firefighter, disaster relief, search and rescue, law enforcement, oil and gas operations, border patrol, agriculture, package delivery, forestry, engineering, computer science, real estate, film and photography, and other industries.

For more information on drone training courses, please call Fred Tucker at 727-791-2409.

For information on all other training, please visit SPC’s Workforce Institute page or contact us at (727) 341-4445 or workforce@spcollege.edu.

SPC classes prepare students for new FAA rules regarding drones

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The Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College is offering classes that will educate students about new Federal Aviation Administration rules for non-hobbyist, small unmanned aircraft (UAS) operations or drones.

SPC-Workforce-drone-classesThese rules – Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations – cover a broad spectrum of commercial uses for drones weighing less than 55 pounds, to include certification requirements for UAS pilots.

Effective in August 2016, to become a UAS remote pilot, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English (exceptions may be made if the person is unable to meet one of these requirements for a medical reason, such as hearing impairment)
  • Be in a physical and mental condition to safely operate a small UAS
  • Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge exam at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center

To operate the controls of a small UAS under Part 107, you need a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating or must be under the direct supervision of a person who holds such a certificate.

With these new FAA rules, it is important for all drone owners to understand that they are, indeed, aviators. There is a need to understand the responsibility of ownership, the need for safety and the respect for privacy when operating a drone either as a hobbyist or for commercial purposes.

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Arlon Johnson and Kristina Bucklew flying the DJI Inspire during a recent UAS Overview class.

Drone classes at SPC

With growing interest in and use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or drones, the Workforce Institute has developed a five-day UAS Pilot Certificate Prep Course that will be held on July 18-22, 2016.

This course is designed to prepare students to pass the FAA Remote Pilot Certificate exam.

The course will be offered through the Workforce Institute’s Learn to Earn program and will include UAS regulations, flight operations and restrictions, emergency procedures, crew resource management, radio communication procedures, aeronautical decision-making and judgement, and maintenance and pre-flight inspection procedures.  This course also includes 6-8 hours of hands-on UAS flight training.

Additionally, the college is offering courses including UAS Maintenance and Repair, Ground Pilot Training, UAS and the Law, and Standards and Regulations. For more information and to be included in this 5-day UAS Pilot Certificate Prep course, please call Fred Tucker at 727-791-2409.

Drone training = job opportunities

Career and business opportunities with UAS training include entrepreneurship, military UAS pilot, firefighter, disaster relief, search and rescue, law enforcement, oil and gas operations, border patrol, agriculture, package delivery, forestry, engineering, computer science, real estate, film and photography, and other industries.

Over the next 10 years, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is expected to create more than 100,000 jobs with an economic impact of $82 billion. Florida stands to benefit more than almost any other state as new regulations will bring 3,000 new jobs and $632 million in economic impact to the state by 2017, according to the  Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.