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New UAS/Drone Flight Training Course Information Session is Tuesday, Oct. 25

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Those interested in learning about flying small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)/drones for fun or for a potential career can learn more about a new flight training course at Hudson Valley Community College.

An information session will take place from 6 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center, meeting room 3, on the main Hudson Valley campus.

Representatives of the college’s Workforce Development Institute as well as SkyOp, LLC will discuss new opportunities in UAS/drone training offered on campus. 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 next drone flight training course begins Monday, Nov. 7, and will run Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. through Nov. 30.

Students in the course 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 recently released commercial small UAS flight rules that 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.

For more information about the course, contact the Workforce Development Institute at (518) 629-4111, or go to

The Workforce Development Institute’s 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.