UA to offer drone training workshop in Little Rock

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The University of Arkansas will offer a training program for drone pilots July 16-20 in Little Rock.

The Drone Pilot Training workshop will teach professionals and hobbyists how to fly safely and legally and prepare them for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unmanned aircraft certification exam. The workshop will be hosted by the College of Engineering and the Global Campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16-20 with online study and in-person classes at 119 S. Main St. in Little Rock.

The $799 workshop does not include the cost of the FAA exam, which is about $150. Also, those who attend the course will be required to bring their own drones.

The training will cover hands-on flying, interpreting weather data, planning a flight, reading maps and understanding airspace and using platforms to complete video and mapping tasks, according to a news release.

Richard Ham, class instructor and an associate director of two master’s degree programs at the College of Engineering, developed the workshop for those who want to become more proficient drone pilots.

“There are very few courses that offer the knowledge level required for the FAA remote pilot examination and also teach and evaluate UAS flying,” Ham said. “Anyone wanting to be a safe and compliant pilot should consider this course.”

Click here for more information on the Drone Pilot Training workshop.