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Rend Lake College to begin offering drone curriculum

REND LAKE, IL (KFVS) -

Despite rising popularity of Drones in the US, the Federal Aviation Administration is yet to release comprehensive guidelines for the technology.

The FAA predicts more than one million drones will be purchased by the end of the holiday shopping season.

Official guidelines for professional use were expected back in October, but are yet to be released as of December 5th.

Colleges and universities in the Heartland are moving forward with drone-focused curriculum, including Rend Lake College which will begin offering courses in spring of 2016.

“The tech is there, we just have got to get some FAA guidelines and state laws in where we can actually start using this technology.” Explained Rend Lake College Instructor Chris Edwards, “The last thing that we want is to take a really good technology and cause some type of horrific accident because somebody’s doing something they’re not supposed to be doing with it.”

The 9 credit hour course will focus on history, safe operation, and practical usage.

If you plan on being a paid drone-pilot per current regulations, you’ll need a commercial pilots license for manned aircraft.

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