Learning the ups and downs of unmanned aerial flight

Stirling Cripps, chief operating officer for the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (CCUVS) points to the camera on the underside of this remote control Aeryon Scout helicopter which can be used for a number of applications. Cripps was in Fairview to teach ground school for anyone interested in earning their certification to operate unmanned aerial vehicles.

A ground school course for potential unmanned aerial vehicle operators took place at GPRC Fairview Campus this past weekend, bringing in 10 interested students. People came from across the country – one from Ontario, another from Edmonton, only one local person.

The course covered what instructor Stirling Cripps called UAS 101 – a brief description of where the industry is today, what the rules and regulations are for applying for UAV flights (each flight is permitted individually) and how that compares to what is required in the U.S. A.

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