Turn on any news program and more than likely you’ll hear some story involving the use of a small unmanned aerial system (sUAS), or as they are more commonly known asâ€”drones. These small systems are expected to be a big hit this holiday season, and Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) is offering an innovative program to help operators learn how to properly use them and stay in compliance with the ever-changing rules that drone operators are required to follow.
PDI is offering a free two-hour new sUAS operator orientation Feb. 2, before launching the full 18-hour course Feb. 15. The course will be completed over six three-hour sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The free orientation will allow new operators or individuals interested in attending the academy a chance to experience operating the simulator and practice flying a quadcopter. While the orientation is free, seating is limited. To register, contact Patrick Clanin 405-682-7854 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 18-hour sUAS course is designed for anyone, 16 years and older, that wants to fly for fun or as a new career after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) opens the skies to commercial use. Each student will receive a small quadcopter with camera, flight simulator software and Spektrum dx5e radio transmitter to be used with the simulator. The equipment will allow students to practice in between classes and after the course is completed. Graduates also receive a certificate of completion.
Students will learn to fly using both computer flight simulations and live quadcopters. Students will also be taught the different types of flight systems and, most importantly, acquire insight into safe and legal flying practices. Individuals will learn about emerging job opportunities, and companies are exposed to the application and use of this transformative technology in their businesses.
A complete overview will help you gain a thorough understanding of sUAS as the course will cover the following: the different types of sUAS including both multirotor and fixed-wing and the different types of flight systems.
Other topics covered are flight vehicles, radio controllers, components and characteristics, autonomous flight, routine maintenance, uses and applications, safety, FAA guidelines, privacy concerns and insurance.
The course starts Feb. 15 and runs through Feb. 26. The cost is $1499.00 and does include the quadcopter with camera, flight simulator software and Spektrum dx5e radio transmitter to be used with the simulator. For questions about the course or to enroll, contact Patrick Clanin by phone at (405) 682-7854 or via email at email@example.com. Students can also register online by visiting: /pdi. The sUAS course will be held at the Professional Development Institute, 7124 I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City, OK.
OCCC serves more than 28,000 students each year. The college offers a full range of associate degree programs that prepare students to transfer to baccalaureate institutions while other degree and certificate programs prepare students for immediate employment in a variety of fields. At OCCC, students receive a quality education with small class sizes, dedicated teachers and leadership opportunities. Students can choose from more than 80 major fields of study and participate in any of the 40+ clubs and organizations and attend events such as the annual Arts Festival Oklahoma. For more information about OCCC, visit www.occc.edu.