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Hudson Valley Community College to Host Information Session on New UAS/Drone Flight Training Course

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Monday, June 6, 2016

Those interested in learning about flying small unmanned aerial systems (UAS)/drones for fun or for a potential career can attend an information session, Tuesday, June 21, from 11 a.m. to noon at Hudson Valley Community College.

Representatives of the college’s Workforce Development Institute as well as SkyOp, LLC will discuss new opportunities in drone/UAS training offered on campus. The information session will take place in Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 100.

Brian Pitre, co-owner of SkyOp, LLC, will discuss the training, give a live demonstration and answer questions. The Canandaigua-based company has already partnered with several other SUNY community colleges to offer the training.

The course, which will be taught by SkyOp instructors, will be offered on three consecutive Saturdays - July 23, 30 and August 6 - from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will learn to fly UAS, learn about different types of flight systems, how to perform routine maintenance as well as the rules and regulations that guide unmanned flight. Each student will also be provided a remote controlled training quad copter for practice.

The potential for commercial use of small UAS may explode over the next several years. According to SkyOp, the Federal Aviation Administration is set to release commercial small UAS flight rules this month that could make the path to an operator certificate much less onerous. Drone use already has applications in several professions and the list is growing – law enforcement, agriculture, real estate, construction, insurance, to name just a few.

“The commercial potential for the use of drones is astounding; it will literally transform industries,” said Pitre. “The challenge is there is so much more to know than buying a drone and trying to fly it in your backyard. There are a variety of systems and components to learn, safety concerns, regulations and more to know before taking to the sky.”

For more information about the training or the information session, call (518) 629-4111 or email

Hudson Valley Community College’s Corporate Programs and Workforce Development Institute provides high quality, reasonably priced programs that meet the staff training needs of the business and industry communities, and the career-skills needs of individuals. With college adjuncts and field experts, the WDI develops and teaches customized, client-specific training programs for staff and management and provides industry-specific courses through open registration. Training is offered in traditional classroom, online, and blended classroom+online formats and is also available on-site for business clients. Our fast-track training programs help individuals attain their career-path goals and help businesses achieve higher standards and maintain a competitive edge.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.