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The FAA has released regulations that pave the way for expanded commercial use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), commonly called drones.As part of the guidelines, drone pilots are now required to pass the FAA’s remote pilot knowledge test to receive an FAA remote pilot certification and be able to use drones for commercial purposes.

Mid Michigan Community College is offering a comprehensive 18-hour Intro to sUAS/Drone class that provides hands-on training to those interested in flying drones safely and efficiently. Participants leave the training prepared for FAA certification.

The Intro to sUAS/Drone Training class is designed to offer comprehensive insight into different types of flight systems and their capabilities, safe and legal flying practices, market opportunities and applications, and hands-on piloting skills. The training is capped off with a Top Gun Competition where participants demonstrate flying skills while navigating their drone through an obstacle course.

Mid’s Drone Training begins June 5 at 5805 E. Pickard Street in Mt. Pleasant. For three consecutive weeks, training takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30pm-8:30pm and costs $1,490.

The fee includes a workbook, a quadcopter with camera, a computer flight simulator with radio controller, 50 FAA sample test questions, and 18 hours of instruction. Each student also receives a training certificate of completion.

For more information about Mid’s Drone Training, visit midmich.edu/drone-training.

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