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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has paved the way for expanded use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), commonly known as drones, in commercial, public safety, agriculture, and many other applications. As of early 2019, there are 2,241 jobs that include the keyword "drone" within the United States on Indeed.com—a testament to the increasing popularity of the technology and the adoption of drones in the marketplace.

Drone pilots are now required to pass the FAA’s Remote Pilot Certification Test to be able to use drones for commercial purposes. Mid Michigan College is offering two drone short-term training tracks that prepare potential pilots for commercial or public safety drone applications and certification.

Mid’s Intro to Drones for Commercial Users training provides participants with a comprehensive overview of the information needed to start using drones safely and legally. Topics covered in the training include multi-rotor and fixed-wing drone flight systems, maintenance, registration, certification requirements, safety, insurance, industry applications, featured systems (DJI, Yuneec, etc.), emerging technologies, and the latest FAA policies.

Mid’s Intro to Drones for Public Safety Personnel training illustrates the unique applications of drones for public safety personnel. Through hands-on experiences participants are able to translate the potential of drones into action, while receiving information regarding the impact of drones in the public safety sector, data to facilitate informed decisions drone implementation, and best practices to maximize their return on investment in a drone program.

Mid’s Intro to Drones for Commercial Users training takes place 8:30am-5pm July 9 at Morey Technical Education Center on Mid Michigan College’s Mt. Pleasant Campus and costs $545.

Mid’s Intro to Drones for Public Safety Personnel training takes place 8:30am-5pm July 11 at Morey Technical Education Center on Mid Michigan College’s Mt. Pleasant Campus and costs $545.

Each of the above trainings are followed by Mid’s Hands-on Drone Flight and Drone Pilot Certification Test Prep training sessions. The Hands-on Drone Flight training prepares future pilots to identify flight system orientation, account for depth perception issues, and fly without dependency on GPS. Participants also receive a training quadcopter upon the completion of the hands-on training. Drone Pilot Certification Test Prep training prepares prospective drone pilots for the FAA Remote Pilot Certification Test and includes a workbook, sectional chart, FAA test supplement, 50 FAA sample test questions, and eight hours of instruction.

Mid’s Hands-on Drone Flight training takes place 8:30am-12:30pm July 16 & 18 at Morey Technical Education Center on Mid Michigan College’s Mt. Pleasant Campus and costs $545.

Mid’s Drone Pilot Certification Test Prep training takes place 8:30am-5pm July 23 at Morey Technical Education Center on Mid Michigan College’s Mt. Pleasant Campus and costs $545.

Complete the Commercial or Public Safety series for just $1,485. The series includes one intro training tailored to the drone application you are interested in, one hands-on flight training, and one certification test prep training.

For more information about upcoming drone training, visit midmich.edu/short-term-training or contact the Technical Education Center at training@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6614.

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