Oregon Community College Prepares Course In Drones Operations

from storyleak.com: A course in drone piloting will likely be available to students at the Central Oregon Community College this fall, as schools across the country begin offering degrees in unmanned aerial systems. Just last December, the Federal Aviation Administration approved Oregon’s request to become one of the country’s six designated drone testing sites. As the agency predicts more than 30,000 drones over US skies by 2020, educators are jumping at the opportunity. “This could be one of the next biggest opportunities for employment here in the future,” COCC Aviation Program Coordinator Karl Baldessari told KTVZ News. The two-year course, which offers a degree in commercial drone use, will give students hands-on experience in the field as well as in the college’s UAV simulation lab, which is currently awaiting approval. “Our intent is to include actual launches and recoveries, and take our students out locally,” Baldessari said.

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