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6/30/2016 Member News
Drone training offered by St. Petersburg College for 3,000 new jobs in Florida

Drone training offered by St. Petersburg College for 3,000 new jobs in Florida

A change in Federal Aviation Administration regulations for drone operators is expected to bring Florida 3,000 new jobs and $632 million in economic impact by 2017 (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International). Overall, more than 100,000 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) jobs over the next 10 years are expected to make an economic impact of $82 billion.

In response to the growing interest in drones, The Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College is hosting:

• Five day UAS Pilot Certificate Prep Course
• 4-8 p.m. July 18-22
• SPC EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. N., Largo 33760
• Info: 727-341-4445

“There is a need to understand the responsibility of ownership,” said Susan Garrett, Program Director of Industry Certifications. “There is a need for safety and respect for privacy when operating a drone either as a hobbyist or for commercial purposes. It is important for all drone owners to understand that they are, indeed, aviators.”

To operate the controls of a small UAS under Part 107 of the new regulations, you need a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating, or to be under the direct supervision of a person who holds such a certificate.

The five-day prep course is designed to prepare students to pass the FAA Remote Pilot Certificate exam. The course will be offered through SPC’s Workforce Institute’s Learn to Earn program and will include UAS regulations, flight operations and restrictions, emergency procedures, crew resource management, radio communication procedures, aeronautical decision-making and judgement, and maintenance and pre-flight inspection procedures.

It also includes 6-8 hours of hands-on UAS flight training. Additionally, the College is offering courses including UAS Maintenance and Repair, Ground Pilot Training, UAS and the Law, and Standards and Regulations.

The new FAA rules will take effect in August 2016. They cover a broad spectrum of commercial uses for drones weighing less than 55 pounds, to include certification requirements for UAS pilots.

For more information and to be included in this five-day UAS Pilot Certificate Prep course, please call 727-341-4445.