K-State Polytechnic Invites Drone Hobbyists to Half-Day Training Course

In preparation for an expected rise in drone sales during the holidays, the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is offering a half-day course specifically for hobbyists to ensure proper use and safety.

Kansas State Polytechnic’s inaugural course will be Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, on campus. Content will focus on classroom education on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) rules for hobby applications of small UAS, as well as personal flight instruction with the program’s aviation experts in the newly built flying pavilion.

Registrants under the age of 14 must have a parent or guardian accompany them. The cost of the course is $200.

“We take safe flight operations very seriously, and one of the cornerstones of safety is education,” states Kurt Carraway, Kansas State Polytechnic’s acting UAS program manager. “While it’s exciting that interest in unmanned aircraft systems is flourishing, we feel it’s important to help hobbyists understand the regulatory framework associated with UAS and to allow us to provide some safe operating tips. We’re thrilled to be able to offer our experience and the campus’ innovative technology to make a positive impact on hobby operations.”

In November, the university received approval from the FAA for commercial drone flight training. Under the new authorization, the UAS program will implement structured flight training curriculum for undergraduate students starting in January 2016. It is offering customized training and consulting services for commercial UAS operators and industry partners.

Kansas State Polytechnic plans to offer additional UAS hobbyist courses in 2016.

More info on the event can be found here.


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