by Matthew White
The Hampton University Department of Aviation is adapting to the changing landscape of aviation by offering classes in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones.
The unmanned vehicle arena is a new and evolving market. All industries will be effected by the implementation of unmanned vehicles, including emergency services, construction, real estate, agriculture, media production, medical professionals, search and rescue, logistics, supply operations and much more.
"The Introduction to UAS class provides much needed information about the regulated use of drones as part of commercial/business activities," said Margaret Browning, assistant professor, Head of Air Traffic Control Program. "This course introduces students to components, uses and regulatory processes concerning drones. In addition to the flight operations, public privacy and safety are addressed in this course."
This course is important because it will help educate the general population about one the newest electronic equipment in the country today.
"The most common misconception about drones is not so much a misconception but a lack of education," said Browning. "People believe that because they own a small drone they can operate it as they chose and they do not consider the risk involved. The fines for illegally operating a drone for commercial use range from $27,500-$250,000. These fines can include imprisonment if the safety of aviation is adversely effected."
According to Browning, as unmanned vehicles begin to play a greater role in the evolution of our society, everyone will need to be educated on the potential uses and risks of drone operations.