CCAC South Campus to offer introductory course on commercial drone operation

CCAC Drone Demonstration
Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County's South Campus will offer an introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) course in the spring 2018 semester. The three-credit course will cover current commercial regulations, the national airspace system, weather, loading, performance and operations in accordance with FAA Airmen Certification Standards. Upon completion, students will be prepared to take the FAA remote pilot certification examination to become drone pilots. Students will also be introduced to the campus' new FAA-approved outdoor flight area where flight techniques will be demonstrated.  

The course was created by Dr. Lori Paluti, an FAA-certified unmanned aircraft systems pilot and an instructor at CCAC South Campus. According to Paluti, the demand for commercial drone pilots continues to increase, and several industries, such as real estate, construction, engineering and emergency services, are paying top salaries to drone pilots who can perform aerial inspections of property, towers or agricultural areas. In order to obtain a job in the industry, drone pilots must be FAA certified as UAS pilots and have some experience flying drones.

"Drone pilots must understand airspace, weather reports, FAA rules and regulations, and how to safely pilot a drone while operating an onboard camera," Paluti said. "This course is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in becoming certified drone pilots and who also want to gain a connection to the aviation community."

The 14-week course will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., January 29 through May 7, 2018. For more information, contact Lori Paluti at lpaluti@ccac or call 412.519.3956. 

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