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Recreational drone flying class scheduled for June

by Tia Lyons | May 7, 2021 at 8:30 p.m.

Children and young adults who are interested in learning the fundamentals of how to fly unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, are invited to sign up for a course that will be held next month on the east campus of South Arkansas Community College.

Registration is open for the Recreational Drone Class, which is part of SouthArk’s Community Education Program.

The class is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. June 20 in the SouthArk Center for Workforce Development, Room 121, 3696 E. Main.

Johnathan Estes, manager of South Arkansas Regional Airport at Goodwin Field, said the Recreational Drone Class is ideal for participants with little to no flight experience with drones.

The course is primarily designed for people who fly drones for fun or as a hobby and children who are not old enough to receive their Federal Aviation Administration certification.

The lass instructor will be Brandon Guillot, owner of Unmanned Aerial Solutions of Arkansas, LLC.

Guillot holds a master’s degree in Aeronautical Science - Aviation Aerospace Safety Systems and Aviation Aerospace Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

He has more than 14 years of experience with recreational and commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and holds Federal Aviation Administration-approved Private Pilot and Remote Private ratings and certificates.

Guillot educates and trains UAS pilots and provides aerial photography services.

He is an adjunct assistant professor for Embry-Riddle, teaching drone safety and management at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Students in the Recreational Drone Class at SouthArk will learn the history and physics of UAVs, as well as safety tips, regulations and basic flight maneuvers.

The class will also help to familiarize students with the rudimentary functions of airmanship inside and outside the classroom.

Participants will receive firsthand experience of flying drones in a safe, controlled environment and learn basic airmanship that can be used on all multi-rotor aircraft.

Estes explained that course topics will be reviewed between flight lessons, which will be conducted in a field with small drones that are provided by Unmanned Aerial Solutions of Arkansas, LLC.

The field will also include obstacle courses.

For any adults who sign up for the course and bring their own drone, instructors will assist them with any questions and help to ensure their drones are properly registered with the FAA.

The cost of the Recreational Drone Class is $25 for ages 12 - 18 and $35 for 19 years old and up.

To register for the class, visit www.southark.edu/ce, click the Community Education calendar and then select the course.

Guillot will also serve as instructor of a Commercial Drone Class and FAA Drone Licensing Test Prep Course from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. June 19 on SouthArk’s east campus.

The eight-hour session will cover all five sections of the FAA exam, including regulations, airspace, weather, performance and operations.

Participants must be at least 16 years old to earn their Remote Pilot certification. The cost of the course is $205.

Class size is limited to 12 students, so those who would like to participate are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

To enroll, visit the SouthArk Bookstore webpage and click Community Ed to choose select the class, or go to https://bookstore.southark.edu/commercial-drone-class-credit.

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