N.C. Community College Rolls Out Two New Drone Courses

Asheville, N.C.-based Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) is offering two new drone classes this fall.

The college says the classes, offered through A-B Tech’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division, will be taught by Michael Doornbos, a commercial unmanned aircraft systems pilot and private aircraft pilot.

The “Drone Flight School” class starts in September and requires students to bring their own quadcopter. The class includes outdoor, supervised flight instruction and exercises and covers topics such as weather factors, flight safety, airmanship and aeronautical decision-making.

“This class is for those graduating from drone hobbyist,” says Doornbos. “It will give an understanding of federal requirements and airspace, and students will learn how to capture images and obtain data for clients.”

The “Drone Applications for Emerging Markets” starts in October and does not require drone ownership. The classroom-based course will cover current Federal Aviation Administration regulations, drone-class categories, applications for use, preparation steps for commercial operations and commerce opportunities.


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