North Carolina DOT Hosting Another Workshop to Spread UAS Knowledge

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is holding a drone workshop in Wilmington on Sept. 28 for commercial and government operators.

Taking place at the McKeithan Center on the Cape Fear Community College North Campus, the workshop is hosted by NCDOT’s Division of Aviation’s (DOA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Office. The event will focus on commercial and government drone operations and data management.

State and local government personnel who are interested in learning about the technology are encouraged to attend; local commercial drone operators are also invited to attend and network, says NCDOT.

“Drone technology is quickly advancing, and so are the possibilities for a business or government organization interested in using one,” says Basil Yap, UAS program 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.”

Registration will close on Sept. 22 or earlier if capacity is reached. The event will last from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will have presentations, networking opportunities and live flight demonstrations. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

NCDOT says it hopes to use these free workshops to show how “safe and beneficial” UAS can be. This will be the third drone workshop NCDOT has hosted this year. Previous workshops were in Charlotte and Asheville, and a fourth is scheduled for Thomasville on Oct. 12.

Citing the emergence of peak hurricane season, the NCDOT DOA recently teamed up with the Highway Division 1 Office in preparation to deploy drones for natural disaster response efforts along the Outer Banks. Earlier this year, the department established best practices and recommended policies for agencies using UAS in first response.

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