NC DOT to Host Drone Workshop

The North Carolina DOT Division of Aviation is kicking off a Drone Workshop Series for public safety agencies.

The purpose of the free workshops is to educate agencies on the safe and beneficial uses of drones. In addition, planned updates will provide the latest federal and state regulations and best practices for safe operations and data management.

The first workshop will take place on Jan. 24, continuing the series that included four free workshops in 2017 with more than 500 attendees participating.

The workshop in Gaston County will focus on the use of drones by public safety agencies such as police and fire departments, and it is open only to those in the public safety sector.

Basil Yap, unmanned aircraft systems program manager for NCDOT, said, “The folks in attendance can expect to come away with a realistic understanding of the possible applications for drone technology and what it takes to effectively implement drones into their operations.”

NCDOT’s announcement said the agency “hopes to continue to use these workshops to show that this emerging technology can be safe and beneficial,” and that locations and dates for other 2018 workshops are still being determined.