Drone training for public safety personnel coming


Specialized training for public safety personnel who might have to operate drones will son be available through the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.

The new course os aimed at pilots of small unmanned aircraft systems used in emergency response and disaster reconnaissance and recovery.

The first session will be offered May 22-24 at the RELLIS campus in Bryan.

The three-day, hands-on course will provide remote flight training to prepare pilots to take the FAA exam.

“We’ve already seen the importance of using drones for 3D mapping of crime scenes and traffic crash reconstruction, as well as search and rescue and aerial reconnaissance in disaster recovery, such as Hurricane Harvey,” said Training Manager Kyle McNew.

The course is designed to meet the specific needs of police officers, firefighters, search and rescue, and emergency management personnel.

“Course participants will learn about the airspace and Part 107 rules and regulations and how to read navigation charts. They will learn multiple ways to fly a drone, and gain experience in flight training using a simulator and a training quadcopter, ” McNew said.


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