Those interested in incorporating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into their business operations and agricultural enterprises are encouraged to attend one of five introductory training sessions offered across the state by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) Nebraska Extension.
In November and December, the sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Scottsbluff, North Platte, Norfolk, Mead and Grand Island.
“Emerging technology such as unmanned aircraft systems has the potential to benefit all types of businesses – and especially applications of the agricultural industry,” comments Wayne Woldt, an associate professor in UNL’s Department of Biological Systems Engineering and one of the training organizers.
Woldt is a rated pilot who developed the Nebraska Unmanned Aircraft Innovation, Research and Education (NU-AIRE) laboratory and flight program, which has a focus on research and education in UAS.
In addition to Woldt, others conducting the training are Bill Kreuser and Jacob Smith. Kreuser, an assistant professor in the university’s Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, is a rated pilot who works with UAS as part of his research and extension program to advance the use of the technology for managing complex agronomic systems. Smith works with Woldt in the NU-AIRE laboratory. He is a commercial pilot, certified flight instructor and UAS expert, says UNL.
Space is limited to 45 attendees at each session. More information can be found here.