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.
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.
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.