HAZARD — Hazard Community and Technical College is offering a Drone Workshop on Feb. 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the HCTC campus, with all of the workshop’s participants meeting in the JCC Training Center Room 208 to begin the session. In order to secure a spot in the HCTC Drone Workshop, potential participants should pre-register right now.
Bart Massey M.Ed. is the workshop’s instructor. Massey is a licensed UAV Commercial pilot and a skilled photographer.
“I had been intrigued about drones for about 3 years, but finally purchased my first one in May of last year,” Massey said, when discussing what compelled him to lead this workshop, “It was more of an entry level drone, but I was able to learn the basics and became even more convinced that I needed to pursue the interest more.
When I was in the Netherlands last year I was photographing windmills when another photographer started his drone and captured the most amazing photos, from angles I had never been able to get. I realized that the future in photography had actually arrived.”
Folks at the workshop will learn about the proper ways to fly a drone and remain within the bounds of the Federal Aviation Administration regulations, which, if broken, could result in a sometimes hefty fine. The workshop will also teach how to avoid common mistakes that cause the most crashes associated with drone usage each year.
“To make money with Drones, the FAA decided that a pilot’s license needed to be earned in order to fly in national air space and receive revenue,” said Massey, “It is against the FAA regulations to use the drone for any purpose that will involve money. Even if you are doing a favor for a friend and they use the footage to receive income.”
Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to learn about upcoming drone opportunities that will be provided by HCTC. The college plans on hosting drone races, as well as offering useful info on drone upgrades alterations, drone repair and much more.
“HCTC will be offering classes covering this exploding market and will be here to help our communities to become leaders in the massive fields that drones are opening up,” Massy continued, “If you are an elementary, high school or college student and you might want an exciting career in unmanned aircraft, contact us now and let us help you get started.
If you have been out of school for years like many of us, but love mechanics, photography, flying, or maybe looking for a new career, this area could be for you as well. In other words, I have spoken to drone owners from 13 years old to 65 years old that love the sport, hobby, and new frontier this expanding market is offering. I hope to see many of my friends, and community members at our upcoming classes.”
For more information, or to register, contact Sandy Campbell, Workforce Solutions Liaison, at 606-487-3632 or [email protected]
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.