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 continue to grow in popularity, and Oklahoma City Community College’s (OCCC) Professional Development Institute (PDI) offers 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 May 9 at 6 p.m., before launching the full 18-hour course May 16. The course will be completed over six three-hour sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. through Jun. 6.
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 email@example.com.
The 18-hour sUAS course is designed for anyone, 16 years and older, that wants to fly for fun or as a new career once the skies are opened for commercial use. Each student will receive a First Person View (FPV) quadcopter with camera, as well as flight simulator software, to be used during the course, to practice in between classes, and to keep for use upon completion of the course. The equipment is included in the cost of the program which is $1499.00. Graduates also receive a certificate of completion.
The course will give a complete overview and a thorough understanding of sUAS. Students will learn to fly using both computer flight simulations and live FPV quadcopters. Students will also be taught the different types of flight systems, routine maintenance, and, most importantly, acquire insight into safe and legal flying practices. Individuals will learn about emerging job opportunities while companies can learn about sUAS and the use of this amazing technology in their businesses.
Other topics covered are flight vehicles, radio controllers, components and characteristics, autonomous flight, mission planning, routine maintenance, uses and applications, safety, FAA guidelines, privacy concerns and insurance.
For questions about the course or to enroll, contact Patrick Clanin by phone at (405) 682-7854 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 enrolls more than 20,000 students and has more than 90,000 participants in its various community programs annually. OCCC 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. At OCCC, students receive a quality education with small class sizes, dedicated professors and leadership opportunities. Students can choose from more than 80 major fields of study and participate in any of the 40+ clubs and organizations. For more information about OCCC, visit www.occc.edu.