CCAC South Campus to host free seminar on piloting drones in November

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County will host a free seminar on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones. Designed for novices to enthusiasts, An Intro to Part 107: What it Takes to Become & Operate as a Remote Pilot will enable attendees to discover drones for the first time, as well as prepare them to become FAA certified remote pilots. The seminar will be held at CCAC South Campus on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room G-404.

Made possible by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), An Intro to Part 107: What it Takes to Become & Operate as a Remote Pilot offers a comprehensive introduction to drones, which are starting to revolutionize how companies do business and are one of the fastest growing segments of aviation, with more than 13,000 remote pilot certificate applications submitted during the first month of the FAA program. Certified flight instructors will present the material in a fun, interactive way and will cover in-depth topics ranging from regulations and airspace to weather and emergencies. Attendees will be able to ask questions regarding remote pilot certification while meeting local instructors and gaining a connection to the aviation community.

According to Dr. Lori Paluti, instructor at CCAC South Campus and an FAA certified unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) pilot, the demand for commercial drone pilots has increased, and several industries 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. This workshop is a great opportunity for individuals in the community to learn about these topics."

In the spring, South Campus will offer the course Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems, which will provide more detailed information about drones and how to become FAA certified.

Preregistration for the workshop is encouraged as space is limited. To register for the seminar, click here or email Lori Paluti at lpaluti@ccac or call 412.469.4309 or 412.519.3956.

For more information, go to hangar.aopa.org/events/item/86/603.