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VHCC to Offer February Course in Drone Technology
Those who received a drone for Christmas and others who are curious about learning to fly drones safely and legally are invited to Virginia Highlands Community College on Saturdays in February for a short course that prepares students for the exam needed to become licensed as a commercial drone pilot.
Drones, which are officially termed Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), have a wide variety of uses in professions such as real estate, farming, photography, construction, emergency services and more. Many don’t realize, however, that flying a drone for any non-recreational purpose requires a license from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The VHCC course prepares students to take the pilot’s exam. It will be taught by Tamara Lasley, a licensed Unmanned Air System (UAS) pilot, in Room 130 of the Instruction and Student Center. Both classroom instruction and hands-on flight sessions using VHCC equipment are included.
The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 10, 17 and 24. The cost of the course is $216, and Virginia residents are eligible for a 50 percent tuition discount. There is an additional cost of $150 to take the pilot’s licensure exam, but VHCC will reimburse this fee to those who pass the exam.
Those interested should register for Remote Pilot Airman Training. Please call (276) 739-2430 or go to www.vhcc.edu/workforce to register or receive additional information.
This course is offered through FastForward, an initiative of Virginia’s Community Colleges designed to provide short-term training programs that lead to high-demand career opportunities.