At Pasco-Hernando State College located in Pasco County, Florida is offering a brand new degree for drone pilots looking to turn their hobby into a profession. According to ABC Action News, WFTS Tampa Bay, this program is the first of its kind in the state of Florida. As a current student attending a university with a major in communications who loves flying drones, I am tempted to make the transfer down south.
More than a UAV pilot
PHSC offers other courses that teach students everything about flying a manned aircraft with ground school and meteorology classes. All of these same courses are required to be taken by students looking to receive their degree in Unmanned Vehicles Systems Operation. Much like the test associated with the Part 107 certification offered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), some of these classes may not pertain directly to UAV pilots, but ensure that pilots of all kinds go through the same training.
While drones are becoming easier to fly with the help of sensors and software, Mark Aragon, director of the unmanned systems program at Pasco-Hernando State College says that he wants his students to focus on how to solve problems with drones. Aragon makes a great point as being able to pilot a drone is only half of the battle, knowing what to do with it is what takes real skill.
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