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VHCC to Offer Evening Drone Pilot Course
Students are currently being accepted for a non-credit course that will be offered at Virginia Highlands Community College in April to prepare participants to become licensed as a commercial drone pilot.
The Remote Pilot Airman course will be taught by Dr. Kevin Hamed, a licensed Unmanned Air System (UAS) pilot, on the VHCC campus. The class will meet from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on April 17, April 19, April 24 and April 26. The cost of the course is $216. There is an additional cost of $150 to take the pilot’s censurer exam, but VHCC will reimburse this fee to those who pass the test.
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly called drones, have a wide variety of uses in professions such as real estate, farming, photography, construction, emergency services and more. Flying a drone for any non-recreational purpose requires a license from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The course includes classroom lectures, some out-of-class online assignments, and hands-on test flight sessions using VHCC equipment to allow students to develop flying experience.
Students may register online at www.vhcc.edu/workforce. For additional information or registration assistance, please call The Division of Workforce Development & Continuing Education at (276) 739-2430.
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.