COMES WITH COURSE—The drone that comes with the course.

COMES WITH COURSE—The drone that comes with the course.

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County held a drone demonstration and press conference on Allegheny Campus in advance of a new course being offered at the college—Introduction to small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS). The event included a demonstration of a small training drone that will be used during the class, as well as a display of a variety of drones

Members of the media and the public had the opportunity to ask wide-ranging questions about drone operation, drone safety and the use of recreational and commercial drones from expert Brian Pitre, co-founder of SkyOp, a small unmanned aerial systems education company. Pitre is a 40-year veteran of the computer and information technology industry. He has held positions with Data General, Prime, and Wang, as well as senior management positions at Scientific Calculations and Microlytics/Selectronics.

SHOWING HOW IT WORKS—Co-founder and managing member of Skyop is Brian Pitre talking about the drone and the law and new FAA regulations.

SHOWING HOW IT WORKS—Co-founder and managing member of Skyop is Brian Pitre talking about the drone and the law and new FAA regulations.

The course runs for three weeks amd is designed for individuals interested in flying drones for fun or as a new career. Students will get indoor hands-on flight practice using a small model quadcopter, receive computer simulator training, learn about the different types of flight systems and emerging job opportunities and gain an understanding of safe and legal flying practices. Each student will receive their own small quadcopter and flight simulator software.

IN FLIGHT—A drone in flight at the press conference.

IN FLIGHT—A drone in flight at the press conference.

 

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