Drone (quadcopter) technology courses scheduled at Penn College

As the number of drones in the U.S. continues to skyrocket, the Federal Aviation Administration has made their registration mandatory. Whether you are a hobbyist or a commercial flyer, Pennsylvania College of Technology can help you stay informed of FAA regulations.

Starting in May, Workforce Development and Continuing Education is offering two courses in drone technology:

• Quadcopter (drone) technology

5:30-8:30 p.m. May 2 and 4

Participants will explore the fundamentals of quadcopter/unmanned aerial system theory and operation. The course includes hands-on activities to familiarize participants with basic quadcopter control theory. Learn about FAA regulations that apply to the operation of model aircraft, both as a hobby and on a for-hire basis.

Participants also will learn basic quadcopter safety and techniques during indoor flying sessions at the completion of each classroom lecture. There is a cost for the course

• Drone pilot FAA part 107 exam preparation

6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 9-18

Course prerequisite: Quadcopter (drone) technology

Thinking of flying a drone for commercial purposes? All drone owners who fly commercially must be Part 107-certified. In this course, participants will prepare for the FAA Part 107 exam for remote pilots.

At the completion of the course, participants will have acquired the aeronautical knowledge necessary to pass the FAA test that is a requirement for flying drones commercially. The course includes theory aligned with FAA Airman Certification Standards including Regulations, The National Airspace System, Weather and Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System. There is a cost for the course.

Contact WDCE at 570-327-4775 or visit www.pct.edu/wdce (under More … Aviation) for a complete course listing, description and dates.