“Look, up in the air … it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a …. drone?” When Arnold advised, “I’ll be back” we never thought that the war with the machines might be just around the corner. And, while the war with the machines is not yet here, the war over the machines is! As a result, THE DRONE INDUSTRY AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING is an issue that General Aviation Pilots can’t ignore.
“Especially here in our home state,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared, “this whole idea of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is a very hot topic. As a result, General Aviation Pilots need to be up on everything available regarding drones.”
Right now, the FAA has some pretty stringent rules concerning UAS, including but not limited to:
- They must stay in sight of the operator
- Cannot fly over people
- Cannot fly higher than 200 feet
“Kansas is estimating that the state could gain somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 billion because of the industry and, I don’t care who you are, that’s a pretty good neighborhood!” Jason Wolcott, TURBINE TRAINING’s Vice President observed.
There are a number of practical uses for the UAS, even in the rural parts of Kansas. These include, but are not limited to:
- Inspecting Wind Turbines
- Surveying a grass fire
- Applying fertilizer precisely to a farmer’s field
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(To learn more about this topic, research “Drones & Unmanned Aerial Systems.”)
Published November 17, 2015