North Carolina DOT Holding More Drone Workshops in 2018

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Division of Aviation says it is bringing back its popular series of drone workshops in 2018.

In 2017, over 500 attendees at four free workshops learned about drone flight operations, data management, and dozens of various applications for government and commercial users, the agency says. Presenters also provided updates on the latest changes in federal and state drone regulations and gave live flight demonstrations.

The first workshop of the year will take place in Dallas in Gaston County on Jan. 24. It will focus on the use of drones by public safety agencies such as police and fire departments; it will be open only to those in the public safety sector.

“Drone technology is quickly advancing, and so are the possibilities for a business or government organization interested in using one,” comments Basil Yap, unmanned aircraft systems program (UAS) manager for NCDOT. “The folks in attendance can expect to come away with a realistic understanding of the possible applications for drone technology and what it takes to effectively implement drones into their operations.”

NCDOT says it hopes to further continue these workshops to show that UAS technology can be safe and beneficial.

Exact location and dates for other workshops are TBD, says NCDOT.

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