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10/28/2014: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the NMSU Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Test Center (UAS FTC) makes its way down the runway on the Jornada Experimental Range. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

NMSU Offers Unmanned Aircraft Systems Workshop

 With the increasing popularity of unmanned aircraft systems or drones, New Mexico State University’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Test Center will offer a three-day workshop to teach government, civil and business officials about the new technology and regulations.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13-15, at the Physical Science Laboratory at Anderson Hall. The cost is $300 per person with a working lunch included. Registration is available online.

The workshop will focus on helping officials understand the technology, determine the right sensor and UAS for a particular application, prepare for the changes in this fast-moving field, become aware of the administrative and FAA regulations, and learn how to develop a plan and achieve each organization’s goals. NMSU’s UAS experts will guide participants through the requirements process addressing the many nuances to optimize budgets and perform the mission.

“The workshop was developed and is being offered in answer to the many phone calls and questions we receive from state, county and city employees and even businesses. UAS is a new tool and it is easy to go the wrong direction when you purchase one because of lack of education. The problem is, the cost for the wrong decision can be substantial and can set your timeline back months or even years,” said Dennis Zaklan, deputy director of the NMSU UAS Flight Test Center and UAS Flight Operations Team.

For more information contact Zaklan at dzaklan@psl.nmsu.edu or 575-646-9417.

Author:  Tiffany Acosta – NMSU

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