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Adult Drone Technology
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES will soon be taking to the skies with the development of their new adult education drone program.
The course will teach the technical aspects of what students would need to know to take the Part 107 Exam and become commercially certified to fly drones. These include safety, weather, flight mechanics, and reading and understanding aeronautical charts.
Students will also be given an introduction into the capabilities of the systems for emergency management, cinematic imaging, and remote sensing and surveying. The program will give hands-on experience flying small drones like the DJI Tello up to the DJI Phantom 4 and the Mavic Enterprise Drone with infrared imaging.
The course will be taught by Matt Champlin, who also teaches the Computer Systems & Network Administration program for Career and Technical Education (CTE). Champlain, who has his Part 107 Remote Pilot License, has been teaching drone technology for close to 10 years.Champlin has experience in taking drone photos and videos both commercially and professionally, and is familiar with remote sensing and surveying technologies for small unmanned systems. He also has CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications.
Champlin is also a NYS Master Teacher, a rare achievement for a BOCES instructor. The New York State Master Teacher Program celebrates the work of the highest-performing K–12 STEM and computer science teachers.
Start Date: May 2023