Amarillo College offering Drone License Prep classes this summer

Amarillo College is introducing Drone Pilot License Prep classes this summer. (File Photo)

Amarillo College is introducing Drone Pilot License Prep classes this summer.

According to AC, from filming live events to monitoring wildlife habitats, surveying inaccessible terrain or inspecting remote power lines, drone usage, for recreational or commercial purposes is on the rise. Prospective operators, however, particularly those interested in flying drones commercially, must adhere to specific guidelines set by the Federal Aviation Administration.

To help prepare drone operators to pass the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test for a remote pilot certificate, AC is introducing Drone Pilot Prep classes through its Continuing Education Division this summer.

Classes will be one week long, from 6-10 p.m. on AC's West Campus, Building C, Room 125. They will be offered June 4-8, June 25-29 and July 23-27. Students must be at least 18-years-old.

The classes are designed to help students prepare for the FAA's Aeronautical Knowledge Test (for part 107) for small, unmanned aerial vehicles. This is a requirement for becoming an FAA-licensed drone pilot.

“Basically, if you want to operate a drone commercially, the FAA requires you to have a license,” said Russell Davis, who, in association with Route 66 Aviation, will serve as class instructor.

“Almost anybody can fly a drone, but there is a learning curve for passing the FAA exam, and that will be our focus,” Davis said.

The class will cover everything from sUAV laws to emergency procedures. Drone operations, including components, controls and battery considerations, will be the topic on the first day.

Students may carry their own drones to class but Davis said he will provide a few extra drones that students will be able to use.

For more information about Drone Pilot License Prep classes or any other Continuing Education classes at Amarillo College, please call (806) 371-2904.

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