In the next four years, the Federal Aviation Administration predicts that there will be seven million unmanned aircraft in the United States.
“This is not a fad,” assures J. Lynn Cale, associate vice president of instruction at Edgecombe Community College. “The applications for drones are endless.”
To help educate the public on this soaring industry, ECC is offering its first drones class – Drones 101 – from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the Tarboro campus.
They’re aircraft without a human pilot aboard, and they go by many names. UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), UASs (unmanned aerial systems) and drones are the most common. For a time, UAVs or UASs were the generally preferred term, in part because many in the industry thought drones carried unwarranted military and privacy concerns.
GRAND FORKS — Come Aug. 29, the Federal Aviation Administration testing center at the University of North Dakota is expected to get a little busier.
That date marks the day when federal regulations go into effect for commercial and government operators of unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones.